keynote panel of chief privacy & security officers

    BARCLAY BLAIR | founder & Executive Director at the Information governance initiative
    Jo ann davaris | CPO at mercer
    wayne matus | cofounder, GC, Chief compliance officer at sageguard√gdpr
    david peach | CISO at the economist group
    michael potters | CEO at Glenmont Group (moderator)

    Mark Berman, Partner at Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP

    Mark is in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group as well as in its other litigation practice groups. He co-heads the firm’s Complex Title Insurance Litigation practice. Mr. Berman is a member of the firm’s Cooperative and Condominium Housing Practice Group.

    He has extensive experience in representing private and public companies, as well as partnerships and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex commercial matters with an emphasis on real estate disputes, electronic discovery conflicts, and complex title insurance issues.

    Since 2005, Mr. Berman has authored a column in The New York Law Journal addressing electronic discovery under New York State law. Mr. Berman’s articles have been quoted in both appellate and trial court decisions.

    Mr. Berman is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence and ethics, and has been selected as a “New York Super Lawyer” annually since 2008.


    Barclay T. Blair, Founder & Executive Director at the Information Governance Initiative

    Barclay is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, technology providers, and government institutions across the globe, and is an speaker, author, and internationally recognized authority on Information Governance. Barclay has led several high-profile consulting engagements at the world’s leading institutions to help them globally transform the way they manage information. He is the president and founder of ViaLumina and the Executive Director and Founder of the Information Governance Initiative.

    He is the award-winning author of the books Information Nation: Seven Keys to Information Management Compliance; Information Nation Warrior; and Privacy Nation. Barclay has written and edited dozens of publications, speaks internationally on information management compliance issues, and has instructed at George Washington University. Barclay has also edited and contributed to several books, including: Email Rules; Secure Electronic Commerce; and Professional XML. Barclay is currently writing Information Governance for Dummies.

    Barclay has presented to industry groups such as the Innovation Enterprise Big Data Summit, Financial Services Roundtable, American Bar Association, American Counsel of Life Insurers, Legal Tech, BNA Litigation Forum, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), ARMA International, and the Society of Quality Assurance. In addition, Barclay speaks at dozens of conferences and events each year. Barclay is frequently interviewed by media outlets about information governance.


    Anita Castora, CRM, FAI, IGP

    Anita is a Senior Records Management Analyst at Jabil, Inc., in St. Petersburg, FL.  Anita has over 20 years’ experience working in all facets of records management; developing and implementing policies, training, retention schedules, and auditing.

    She has been an active board member for multiple ARMA chapters during her career, and is the immediate past president of the Jacksonville Chapter, which had been dormant. Anita is a Chapter Advisors for the Southeast Region Board of ARMA International. She has received many awards and accolades from ARMA, ACEDS and other organizations. Anita was part of the teams for the Metro New York and Akron/Canton Chapters when they won Chapter of the Year.  She is a Certified Records Manager (CRM), Information Governance Professional (IGP), and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP). She was recently inducted into the Company of Fellows.  Anita is currently a member of the Gulf Coast Chapter.


    Jo Ann Davaris, Chief Privacy Officer, Mercer

    Experienced legal, data protection and privacy executive with deep knowledge of global data protection and cyber security regulations. Proven industry record in designing and developing privacy programs for consumer and institutional areas while supporting business growth, maximizing market differentiation and innovation and minimizing legal and reputational risks for the enterprise.

    Specialties: Privacy, Data Protection, Building Privacy Programs, Data and Information Governance, Effective Stakeholder Engagement and Governance, e-commerce, Consumer Protection, Financial Services, Human Resources and Insurance Industries, Inspirational Leader and Motivator


    James Dawson, CSSLP, IGP

    James is recognized as a subject matter expert (SME) and frequent speaker/lecturer on Information Governance, Risk Responsibility Design, Data Risk Governance, Risk Control, Compliance Readiness, Records & Information Management, Privacy, Cyber Security, Effective Enterprise Change and related fields. He has successfully lead and managed data risk evaluations in global, multicultural and matrixed corporate environments. He has developed and implemented enterprise risk and information governance frameworks and has served corporate counsel with solutions for complicated critical data processes, data preservation, identification, collection, and data use in risk mitigation challenges related to corporate compliance in information lifecycle. James has designed complicated inter-country data risk controls for global organization and is an expert in Critical Data Process Value Management.


    Melissa G. Dederer, CRM, FAI, IGP

    Melissa has 30 years of experience in the information management and governance profession. She is a recognized thought leader with in-depth knowledge and expertise in translating complex processes into clear, understandable and actionable steps, developing clear and concise documentation, and is known for using process improvements, enabling technologies, project management, and training strengths to meet commitments with integrity.

    Melissa has been active in ARMA International for over 20 years, at the chapter, region and international levels, including serving four years as a Director on ARMA International’s Board of Directors.  She is now serving as Secretary on the Board of the Connecticut chapter and directing the planning of their all-day spring conference.

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    Mark Diamond, President & CEO, Contoural

    Mark is recognized as an industry thought leader in proactive records and information management, litigation readiness and risk & compliance strategies.  He and his company help bridge legal, compliance, security and business needs and policies with effective processes, technology and change management.

    Previously, he was co-founder of Symantec's (Open Vision) Professional Services group; founder and General Manager, Worldwide Professional Services for Legato Systems and Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services at Right Works, a provider of business application software to the B2B marketplace.

    Mark served as Chair of the Storage Networking Industry Association customer advisory board on data security.  Mark sits on the board of advisors for several high technology companies. He is an online columnist for Inside Counsel Magazine, as well as an author of numerous white papers for both the legal and IT communities. He is a regular speaker at the Association for Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting and at numerous legal and IT industry conferences.

    Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.


    Glenn Fischer, Associate Director of Risk Management, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Glenn Fischer is a strategic leader with over 20 years of experience in the legal industry. He’s responsible for providing direction to attorneys and staff on all aspects of the firm’s Information Governance efforts including the Records Management program; ethical and legal compliance requirements related to information; the preservation or destruction of information; the confidentiality, privacy and security of information and the mobility of information.

    Glenn communicates program requirements and goals to firm personnel through education, coaching and change management strategies that increase user adoption and compliance. He applies technical knowledge of various internal and external databases to assist with data analysis, data manipulation and statistical reporting. His strengths include building successful and cohesive teams with relationship building skills that ensure high performance.


    Gail Gottehrer, Co-Chair of the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies team at Akerman LLP. 

    Her practice focuses on technology-related litigation and counseling, including autonomous vehicle regulation, data privacy, and cybersecurity.  She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury. 

    Gail is a frequent speaker on the implications of technology for the law and business operations, including data ownership and privacy, autonomous and connected vehicles, biometrics, the Internet of Things, the GDPR, eDiscovery and electronic evidence, robotics, smart cities, and wearable technology. She teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation and Practices at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School. 

    Gail was appointed as a Co-Chair of the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, the New York State Bar Association’s Transportation Committee, Law360’s Transportation Editorial Advisory Board, and the New York State Bar Association's Technology and the Legal Profession Committee. 

    Gail is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.


    Ron Hedges, JD, former Magistrate Judge, Senior Counsel Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group

    He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).

    He was a US Magistrate Judge from 1986 to 2007 and is the principal author of the third edition of the Federal Judicial Center’s Pocket Guide for Judges on Discovery of Electronic Information, available under “publications” at the FJC website. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1974 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.


    Leigh Isaacs, Director, Information Governance & Records, Proskauer Rose

    Leigh Isaacs is the Director, Information Governance & Records Management at Proskauer Rose LLP.  Her expertise includes strategic development and implementation of enterprise records and information governance programs, process improvements, matter lifecycle management, risk mitigation, vendor management, evaluation, design and implementation of technology solutions.  She enjoys building teams and programs to meet the ever changing needs of law firms and their clients.  An active member of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), Leigh has served as Vice President of the Program Planning Counsel and other volunteer roles.  She is also a founding Steering Committee Member for the Law Firm Information Governance Symposium, serves on the Advisory board for the Information Governance Initiative and has served in various leadership roles for ARMA.  She is the creator of an information governance course and is a published author, speaker and instructor in issues relating to information governance.


    Richard Hogg, GDPR Evangelist, IBM

    Richard has 15+ years global experience across ECM, eDiscovery, Analytics and #infogov.

    He spent last few years working with heavily-regulated clients worldwide on their GDPR journey and is responsible for the cross-IBM GDPR capabilities, services and solutions. He is also part of IBM’s Internal GDPR Readiness Program. 

    Richard is a frequent speaker annually on GDPR & InfoGov across AIIM, ARMA, MER, LegalTech, Insight, World of Watson, InfoGovCon, IAPP and IPBA.


    John Isaza, Esq, FAI, heads the Information Governance & Records Management Practice at Rimon

    John is internationally recognized in the emerging legal field of information governance, as well as records and information management (RIM). He is one of the country’s foremost experts on RIM issues, electronic discovery, and legal holds. He has developed information governance and records retention programs for some of the most highly regulated Fortune 100 companies, including related regulatory research opinions. His clients range from the Fortune 100 to startups.

    Mr. Isaza is also an expert in social media law. He is the current chair of the ABA’s Social Media Law Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. In this capacity he is a contributing author and Editor in Chief of the upcoming book, A Handbook on Global Social Media Law for the Business Lawyer, to be published the ABA. Mr. Isaza is a frequent lecturer on the issue, and he advises clients on the difficult issues in navigating a social media presence.


    Jeffrey Lewis, Records Compliance Manager for Farmers Insurance

    Jeff Lewis was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois and attended California Western School of Law in San Diego. He is an attorney although he does not practice law.  He has over 20 years in the records and information management field. Jeff is currently is the Records Compliance Manager for Farmers Insurance. He has been active with ARMA for most of his career and is the President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter.


    Ilana Lutman, CIPP/US, CRM, Information Governance Specialist at Mercedes Benz

    Ilana brings more than 20 years of expertise as an information professional in government, corporate, industrial and nonprofit sectors. Having worked in a variety of roles across the information vocation spectrum, she is dedicated to making sure that organizations are in control of their information assets, and that clients have access to the right information at the right time at the lowest cost to ensure workplace productivity. She joined Mercedes-Benz USA in April 2014 as Information Governance Specialist and transferred to Daimler North America Corporation in October 2015.

    Previously, Ilana was as a project archivist at the College of Staten Island and library associate at Roselle Public Library. In her native Australia, Ilana worked as an archivist in state and local government. In Israel, Ilana worked for Partner Communications (orange cell phone brand) as the corporate Information Specialist.  She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, a BA Honors in History and a graduate diploma in Information Management and Archives Administration from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In 2013, she attained the certified records manager (CRM) designation and since then has completed AIIM courses in electronic records management.  Ilana is immediate past president of the information professional organization ARMA Northern NJ Chapter  and has also served as secretary and vice-president of educational programs.


    Wayne Matus, Co-Founder, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at SafeGuardâś“GDPR

    Wayne is an attorney recognized by my peers to be a leading expert in a wide range of legal, information technology and data issues (including data protection, data privacy, GDPR, data breach and data analytics), digital and traditional investigations, eDiscovery, eCompliance, cyber-security, intellectual property, litigation and information governance.

    He received numerous awards and honors, including Chambers and Partners Band 1 (Global and USA Nationwide - eDiscovery, Privacy, Data Security), The Legal 500 (Data Protection and Privacy - US), The Burton Award and The New York County Lawyers Association Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal.

    Wayne possesses law firm and in-house experience in litigation, investigations, privacy, compliance and information governance, adept at solving eDiscovery, privacy and data related problems for large and small organizations, and at managing both the day-to-day operations and long-term projects of global teams of attorneys and IT professionals. He has successfully built high performing, world-class professional groups, from the ground up, both at a major law firm and within a leading global financial institution; successfully grown and managed departments in litigation, privacy and intellectual property law; coordinated and managed projects and operations among Legal, Compliance, IT and external professional services firms; and, supervised the collection, review and analysis of data, and cross-border privacy issues in hundreds of matters, including many of the world’s largest financial crime investigations and data breach litigations.

    Prashanth Mekala, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

    SSA Mekala currently works in the FBI’s New York Field Office and manages an 18-person team focused on state-sponsored cyber actors and technically-trained individuals aligned with international terrorist groups. He spent the first eight years of his career working on complex counterintelligence and espionage cases.  From 2012 to 2014 he worked in FBI Headquarters as a Program Manager in the Counterintelligence Division - Economic Espionage Unit and the Cyber Division - Middle East/Africa Unit.

    He has a Bachelors degree from Carnegie Mellon in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Biomedical Engineering.  He graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with a Masters Degree in Policy and Administration, specializing in International Economic Policy Management. SSA Mekala graduated with distinction from Carnegie Mellon with a Masters Degree in Information Technology, specializing in Information Security and Assurance.


    David Peach, CISSP, Chief Information Security Officer, The Economist Group

    David is an experienced information security leader who is focused on understanding, explaining, managing and reducing the business impacts of security. He is recognized by peers as a subject matter expert. 

    Michael Potters, CEO/Managing Partner Glenmont Group

    Michael co-founded the Multi-Award winning firm Glenmont Group in 2001 as a boutique affiliate office of Management Recruiters International. Michael leveraged his twenty plus years of experience in business development and management, specializing in Information Governance, eDiscovery, Enterprise Content Management and Legal Technology. Noticing an absence of a firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of highly qualified legal technology talent and having personally recruited, hired and trained hundreds of technology leaders, Michael set off to create a “best of breed” boutique firm. In five short years Michael and his partner (and wife ) Kate, lead the successful growth of The Glenmont Group to become the largest Executive search firm dedicated to the practice of Professional Services, Legal Technology and Legal IT. The Glenmont Group also has the distinction of being named:

    He prides himself on his ability to find the right fit for both his clients and his candidates. Having successfully run and built a number of business units, Michael knows very clearly what it takes to drive revenue to a corporation's bottom line.

    William Saffady, FAI, author and Records Management Consultant

    Bill is an experienced records management and information governance consultant and researcher based in New York City.   He is the author of over three dozen books and many articles on records management, record retention, document storage and retrieval technologies, and other information management topics. His latest book, Record Retention Requirements: A Guide to 100 Commonly-Encountered Record Series, is published by ARMA International. Since 1976,

    Dr. Saffady has served as an information management consultant, providing analytical services and training, to corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit entities, cultural institutions, and other organizations.

    Michael Salvarezza, Vice-President of Program Development, MER

    Mike is an industry recognized business leader and practitioner with extensive management and technical experience in global consumer packaged goods environments. Achieved a highly successful record of results in developing and leading enterprise Compliance & Ethics and Records Management programs

    Specialties: Compliance & Ethics Systems, e-training, Communications, Records Management, e-Discovery, Information Technology, Management

    Mary Sherwin, CIPP/US, CRM, IGP, Director, Records Management, CBS Corporate Law Department

    Mary is a senior information management executive and privacy professional with over thirty years of experience. She is a leader in records and information management strategies, and has extensive experience in records and information management, information technology and information privacy. Mary’s experience extends into all phases of the systems development lifecycle, including project management, analysis, development and implementation on a wide variety of technical platforms.

    Prior to joining CBS, Mary worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan, the UN Headquarters and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria in various information technology, project management and records management positions.

    Mary is also a highly rated speaker, who has spoken at both the ARMA International and Chapter levels. She is multi-lingual, speaking English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.

    Mary currently is honored to serve as the Immediate Past-President of the ARMA Metro NYC Chapter.

    Mary is a Certified Records Manager (CRM), a Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP) and holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) accreditation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


    Jason C. Stearns, CIPP/US, CRM, IGP, Director, is a member of the Legal and Compliance Group at BlackRock. He is responsible for the global implementation of Information Governance standards and requirements.

    Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Stearns worked at UBS as Director and Portfolio Manager, Group Information Governance where he was responsible for Information Governance strategy development, project management, and oversight. Prior to that, he was the Corporate Records Manager for New York Life Insurance Company.

    Mr. Stearns earned an MS in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon and BA from Binghamton University. He is also a certified Information Governance Professional (ARMA International), Certified Information Privacy Professional – US (IAPP) and a Certified Records Manager (ICRM).

    Mr. Stearns serves as a Director on the ARMA International Board and previously served as chair of the IGP board of directors.


    Brian Tuemmler, Information Governance Program Architect at Nuix

    Brian joined Nuix in 2013 as Information Governance Program Architect helping IG practitioners and sponsors set up and manage enterprise governance programs through methodology, training, tools and software.

    Since 1991, Brian has advised clients in the areas of strategic and information planning projects with an emphasis on new technologies, classifying content, and identifying the benefits of process improvement and technology enhancement.  He is Product Manager for Nuix’s Information Governance tools and his responsibilities include helping Information Governance practitioners and sponsors set up and manage enterprise governance and cleanup programs through methodology, training, tools and software.

    Brian has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry including speaking engagements and published articles for ARMA, AIIM and MER.


    Seth Williams, President of MER

    Seth Williams is the president of MER Conference, Inc., an organization dedicated to equipping information governance practitioners and professionals to more meaningfully impact their organization’s business objectives. In his role as president, Seth is ridiculously infatuated with creating and delivering value claiming, “It’s not about us getting better. We have to help make the IG community better!” Notable contributions include the creation of MER Sapient, a year-round webinar series, growing alignments and partnerships ARMA chapters, as well as financial contributions to organizations committed to this space like the AIEF and The Sedona Conference®.

    Prior to his 4-year association and leadership of the MER Conference, Seth spent 30 years in the highly regulated in vitro diagnostics industry in commercial and product development roles living both domestically and abroad. Here he responded to customer and business needs with highly innovative, high quality and industry award winning products; some of which continue to be used in hospitals around the world today. Seth attributes his skills and passion for balancing a nimble, customer focused approach to product development while simultaneously navigating the complex fields of compliance and documentation to his years in this industry.

    Seth is a veteran of the US Army having served 4 years as a combat engineer officer. He’s built roads and runways and buildings and bridges in the US and elsewhere.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ripon College in Wisconsin and earned his MBA from Indiana’s own Anderson University.

    He enjoys the culinary delights and experiences of the world (he’s a ‘foodie”) as well as outdoor activities like hiking, biking and boating.


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