Cristina Costache, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP



Global Data Protection Officer

With almost 20 years under her belt as a legal professional Cristina Costache has extensive experience in planning, developing and executing strategies in legal and privacy, aimed to ensure maximum alignment with the business objectives.

Cristina started her carrier as a litigation attorney, advising and representing clients in court with cases of a commercial and civil nature. After several years in her own practice she joined an international law firm and started her activity as an outside counsel, advising clients on different subject matters of the law such as corporate, labor, technology, immigration, and real estate.  

In 2007 Cristina was appointed as General Counsel of Strauss Group’s Romanian subsidiary, being responsible for the planning and implementation of the legal department strategy, constructing and implementing contract management strategy and instruments, and building the legal team.  

Presently, Cristina Costache is responsible for the Strauss Coffee’s Privacy Program and coordinating the privacy compliance operations for EMEA. Some of her responsibilities include: planning and delivering the privacy governance strategy for the region, providing expert legal advice and guidance on local law, management of the regional work by privacy legal counsels and privacy specialists, overseeing the DPO’s in the implementation of data privacy compliance program at regional level.


Cristina holds a LLB in general law, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP certifications and is a regular speaker at conferences. 


Contributions by Cristina Costache

  • Member of European Advisory Board 2021 - 2022
  • IAPP Romania KnowledgeNet Chapter Meeting
    Speaker at Romania KnowledgeNet: 11 February 2020