IAPP Hires Mark Thompson, Director of Research & Insights and Katharina Koerner, Senior Fellow of Privacy Engineering

Former KPMG Global Privacy Advisory Lead and Privacy and Security Consultant Bring Extensive Experience

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – January 10, 2022 - The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, today announces the addition of two new members to its leadership team: Katharina Koerner as Senior Fellow of Privacy Engineering and Mark Thompson as Director of Research & Insights.  

“The data privacy field continues to grow in both importance and scope with the introduction of legislation and regulations across the globe and constant technological change,” said J. Trevor Hughes, President and CEO at IAPP. “We are pleased to begin the new year with the addition of Katharina and Mark to the IAPP. The leadership and expertise they will bring from a breadth of prior experiences will be invaluable to both the organization and the industry as a whole.”

In his new role as Director of Research & Insights, Thompson will lead IAPP’s Research and Insights team, providing strategic direction and contributing to the development of practical content for privacy professionals globally on privacy program management, privacy law and policy, and privacy technology and engineering.

Thompson brings to the IAPP nearly two decades of experience working with major multinational companies to design, build and enhance their privacy programs. Prior to joining IAPP, Thompson spent nearly eight years at KPMG, where he held positions as Cyber Risk and Regulation Service Line Lead in the UK, and as Global Privacy Advisory Lead for KPMG’s global privacy practice, which specializes in providing privacy-related support and advisory services to KPMG’s clients across the globe.

As Senior Fellow of Privacy Engineering, Koerner will lead IAPP’s Privacy Engineering Section, bringing together engineers, data scientists, UX designers and other technologists working to build privacy into products and services. Her research and engagement will focus on the intersection of privacy and technology as well as privacy standards aimed at helping privacy professionals bridge legal, technical, business, and design needs.

Prior to serving as a privacy and security consultant, Koerner served as CEO of the Österreich Institut GmbH, an Austrian cultural education and language training institute with 10 campuses in eight Eastern and Western European Countries. During her tenure as the company’s sole executive leader, not only did Koerner steer and grow the institute, expanding its reach outside of Europe, she mitigated GDPR compliance risks, oversaw its tech transformation, conducted a data breach impact assessment, and authored its privacy policies.

To learn more about the IAPP, visit www.iapp.org

About IAPP 

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organization that helps define, promote and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at www.iapp.org.