John Pane



Senior Leader, Privacy & Data Protection, AsPAC

John Pane is a highly accomplished privacy, compliance and risk management professional.  He is recognised in the industry for his commitment to excellence, strong commercial acumen, diverse experience and unique perspective and has been working with privacy and data protection issues since 1990.


John is presently employed by Johnson and Johnson where he is Regional Lead – Privacy Compliance - AsPAC.  This is a senior leadership role where John has been engaged to help build the privacy and data protection function across Asia Pacific.


John previously worked at Australia Post for 10 years as Chief Privacy Officer where he developed an enterprise wide privacy, data protection and freedom of information compliance program.  This was one of the first Chief Privacy Officer roles created in Australia.  John was responsible for the implementation of principles based objectives and controls for the protection of Australia Post’s vast data assets and was also a major part of the driving force behind a cultural mind shift of the organisation to appreciate the brand and reputation enhancing qualities of a sound, customer-centric privacy program.


Prior to working at Australia Post, John worked in numerous senior management roles in both the banking and finance sectors covering commercial, legal compliance and risk management roles.


In recognition of his commitment to excellence in the field of privacy John received Australia’s first positive privacy award – the ‘Smith Award’ from the Australian Privacy Foundation in 2004 where he was recognised as “Australia’s Best Privacy Guardian”.   John also co-founded the Australia & New Zealand chapter of IAPP ( and served for several years as Board Director, President and Past President.


John holds the dual credentials of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Information Technology (CIPP/IT). John holds several other academic qualifications including commerce, applied finance and investment, laws/jurisprudence and an MBA.



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