Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy General Counsel – Intellectual Property
Q: Please describe your role in the company and why it is important.
A: I’m responsible for protecting the personal information of our customers and employees. I manage the privacy and security teams and drive strategy relating to data protection. By protecting the data held by the company, we protect our customers and employees from risks like identity theft and financial fraud.
I also manage intellectual property for the company, including all patents, trademarks, and related disputes. Our intellectual property program makes it possible for us to create and deliver products and services to our customers.
Q: What do you bring to your role that adds value to the company?
A: Over fifteen years of experience in law firms and working with and for companies. In addition, I used to be an engineer, but I stopped doing math when I became an attorney.
Q: What does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing?
A: Functional Equivalence! The ADA is a great example of what’s best about America and our fundamental understanding that things should be fair. As a country, we don’t always reach that ideal. Working to get us closer to functional equivalence is one of the best things about working for Sorenson.
Q: Please describe how regulations (the government rules) impact what we do as a company.
A: Government regulation is a critical part of everything I do for the company. From privacy regulations to patent laws to FCC rules, the government guides many of the decisions I make about our privacy program and our approach to intellectual property. As these rules and laws change, we need to adapt what we do. It keeps me on my toes.
Q: What is the greatest challenge you have overcome – or are still overcoming – in your work?
A: The biggest challenge is helping people understand what we need to do to be safe and successful. The rules and risks relating to privacy are constantly changing, so we need to constantly change how we reduce that risk. As a result, we all need to adapt our processes and systems on a regular basis. Communicating these changes and the reasons behind the changes is a consistent challenge.
Q: What is the best part of your work?
A: The best part of my job is the people who work here. I hope everyone understands what a great team and culture we have.