General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Senzing
John’s area of expertise lays in the intersection of law, policy, politics, data and privacy.
He has held General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer roles since 2000 when he joined Systems Research and Development (SRD). SRD was acquired in 2006 by IBM, and he continued on with IBM as IBM Software Group’s Privacy Strategist. While at IBM, he worked on policy and legal matters relating to groundbreaking selective anonymization software, which was the subject of a paper authored by Data Catalyst Advisor Ann Cavoukian and Jeff Jonas, an internationally recognized thought leader in Big Data and the CEO of Senzing.
He has been involved in a variety of startups, as CEO and as GC/CPO, in the areas of Mobile Social, Cyber, Big Data, AI and Machine Learning, and FinTech. In 2010 the prestigious startup accelerator TechStars, considered the “Harvard MBA for startups,” selected his Mobile Social startup as one of seven startups out of 700 applicants to receive mentorship and funding. His company was acquired by a Big Data analytics company.
Prior to his involvement in startups, for over ten years he was in private practice, with a major national law firm specializing in appellate litigation and supervisory enforcement work on behalf of financial institutions, and as a partner in a legislative boutique law firm. For five years, he was President of an international trade association dedicated to combatting product counterfeiting.
For three years he served in the United States Senate as Chief Counsel to a United States Senator and concurrently as Minority Chief Counsel on the Constitution and Technology and Law Subcommittees of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. He has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds CIPP/US, CIPP/E and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.