Jon Westlund, CIPP/US
Jon Westlund is Privacy Counsel in the Global Privacy Organization (“GPO”) where he serves as a key member of the GPO team. Along with three other privacy attorneys and two non-attorney privacy professionals Jon reports to Chief Privacy Officer Patrice Ettinger. In 2006, Jon began his privacy counsel career with a European based company in the earlier stages of an emerging privacy law field providing him with invaluable insight and understanding. In 2015, while working at Wyndham, He led an internal team enabling compliance with an Order in the landmark cybersecurity case of FTC vs. Wyndham. Jon joined Pfizer’s GPO in the summer of 2018.
Jon has a track record of helping organizations develop and implement sophisticated individually tailored global privacy programs. He partners with senior management and other key stakeholders to develop and foster a vision for a company’s privacy and cybersecurity programs. As a seasoned Privacy attorney, Jon is well-versed in providing insightful risk-based advice in an emerging privacy field, often navigating clients through uncharted waters. He is focused on enabling desired business outcomes while being mindful of privacy compliance requirements.
Jon’s area of expertise now spans a wide variety of global privacy & cybersecurity related topics. He is currently responsible for privacy matters for Human Resources, Digital, Compliance, Internal Medicine, and Immunology & Inflammation. He also is responsible for internal data transfers, incident management and procurement contracts.
Jon is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional / United States – private sector by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He received his law degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He is a frequent speaker at events sharing his expertise and insights related to various privacy matters. He is a member on the Pfizer Legal Division Diversity and Equity Committee. He serves as counsel and a board member for a non-profit organization providing transitional housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts and is a former White Plains Planning Board Member. He provides pro bono services to children seeking asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and has been a high school and middle school mock trial coach with a focus on disadvantaged minority students from the South Bronx. During his free time, he enjoys surfing, practicing yoga, skiing, snowboarding, hiking and most any outdoor activity. He has participated in election voter protection work helping ensure voting rights of individuals. He has taken his love of surfing and provided surf lessons to minority New York City high school students through Laru Beya Collective and Stoked.org as a surf mentor. He enjoys traveling to tropical destinations to surf warmer waters and better waves. He lives in Westchester, NY with his family.
Contributions by Jon Westlund
Tales from the Trenches: In-Depth Review of Privacy Litigation Cases
Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2023
Diversity by Design: Recruitment, Advancement and Retention
Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2022
Intersection of Employee Privacy, Health Privacy and Data Privacy: Practical implications in the COVID-19 era.
Speaker at Virtual New York KnowledgeNet: April 4, 2022