H. Leigh Feldman, CIPP/US, CIPM, FIP


Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Privacy

Leigh is Managing Director, head of U.S. privacy within the global privacy and data protection practice at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company. He has over 15 years of experience in building, leading and operationalizing privacy and data protection programs within top global financial institutions. He has advised from legal, risk and compliance vantage points, and has led or advised on all aspects of data collection, use, maintenance, sharing and disposition.

Leigh has served as chief privacy counsel at Merrill Lynch and chief privacy officer at Bank of America, American Express and Citi. In these roles he has built and led global teams and programs, chaired privacy committees and advised senior executives and board members on privacy matters, including strategy and structure as well as on the application of privacy to emerging topics such as big data, cloud, AI, robotic processing, data portability, digital marketing, FinTech and payments. He has also led legal, risk and compliance teams covering information/cyber security, cross-border data movement, social media, electronic communications, records management and operations and technology topics.

He provides clear and practical guidance to help ensure that data collection, use and sharing policies and practices are structured in a responsible manner consistent with customer and regulator expectations, innovation and growth.  Leigh has participated in numerous financial services and privacy industry groups over the years, and is a frequent speaker on privacy and information-related matters. He is based in Promontory’s New York office.

Before moving into the Financial Services industry, Leigh worked in private practice in New York specializing in Internet, e-commerce and corporate law. Leigh received his law degree from Georgetown University and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Leigh is also certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM); Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) and a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP).


Contributions by H. Leigh Feldman

  • CPO Role at a Crossroad: How to Stay Relevant
    Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020
  • Cross Border Data Transfer
    Speaker at New Jersey KnowledgeNet: October 23, 2019
  • Data Ethics: Beyond mere compliance
    Speaker at New York KnowledgeNet: March 20, 2019
  • DPOs Wanted: Making Your Next Move?
    Speaker at New York KnowledgeNet: September 12, 2018
  • Bridging Privacy, Security and IT to Prepare for GDPR and Beyond
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016