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January 18, 2011 17:27 ET

CGOC Announces 7th Annual CGOC Summit -- Building Better Bridges

Guest Experts From ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Novartis, Travelers, Amgen, Pillsbury Winthrop, Husch Blackwell LLP, and Seyfarth Shaw, Plus The Honorable Andrew J. Peck

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - CGOC, a practitioners' forum focused on retention, legal hold and discovery practices, is pleased to announce its 7th annual CGOC Summit -- Building Better Bridges -- being held at Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate, Sausalito, California, January 19-20, 2011.

A strategy retreat for change leaders in Legal, IT and RIM, the 7th Annual CGOC Summit will focus on building strong bridges across functions to get the right stakeholders in place, address the structural and organizational barriers, and help galvanize executive sponsorship and process change to systemically reduce risk and cost. 

Focus for the Summit will extend from the recent CGOC Information Governance Benchmark Survey which found that 98% of Legal, RIM and IT stakeholders agree that defensible disposal and improved compliance are critical objectives -- but only 22% routinely dispose of information today and only 25% felt they had the right organizational and responsibility model. 85% cited lack of systematic collaboration across Legal, RIM and IT as the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity for information governance.

The conference features an unprecedented number of corporate practice leaders with true experience, and an agenda packed with strategic insights, working sessions, tools and lessons learned to help senior legal, IT and retention policy leaders:

  • Understand today's prevailing practices for legal holds, records management and data disposition, and see where change is needed
  • Learn how companies in your industry quantify the benefits of defensible disposition
  • Find out the changes that legal, RIM and IT process leaders from Novartis, Wells Fargo, Amgen and others are making to improve discovery and enable disposition
  • Identify where departmental processes break down in a mock discovery hearing
  • Get a first look at what's likely to change in the legal standards for discovery
  • Get a preview of what's on the information horizon and how it will affect your legal and information management efforts
  • Compare notes and experience with peers in every industry
  • Learn from the most advanced practitioners

The CGOC Summit features guest experts including:

  • ExxonMobil, Robert Levy, Counsel
  • Wells Fargo, Susan Flint, Managing Counsel
  • Bank of America, Susan Goodman, Principal, GM/GIB Records Management Director
  • Novartis, Eckhard Herych, Global Head Information Governance Management and Pam Roberts, Head of Legal Data Services
  • Travelers, Wendy Wemple, e-Discovery Paralegal
  • Amgen, Jeff Aschbrenner, Business Systems Analyst and William Chulak, Director, IT
  • Pillsbury Winthrop, Wayne C. Matus, Partner and David L. Stanton, Partner
  • Husch Blackwell LLP, Deborah Juhnke, Director of Information Management Consulting and Peter Sloan, Partner
  • Seyfarth Shaw, David White, Associate
  • and The Honorable Andrew J. Peck

"We're honored to have so many distinguished guests, who are leaders of change, sharing their successes and exchanging ideas at the CGOC Summit 2011," said Deidre Paknad, founder of CGOC and president and CEO of PSS Systems. "The CGOC Summit creates a forum that brings together legal, IT and RIM practitioners for a rare opportunity to learn about cohesive information governance, formulate or refine their strategies, enhance their processes, and leave with actionable plans for reducing information cost and legal risk."

PSS Systems is the charter and founding sponsor of CGOC. Other CGOC sponsors include IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Huron Consulting, LECG, Hunton & Williams, and many others.

About CGOC
CGOC, the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council, is a community of experts in retention, preservation and privacy. Its charter is to create a forum in which legal and compliance executives can get the insight, interaction, and information they need to make good business decisions. Established in 2004, it fills the critical practitioners' gap between EDRM and The Sedona Conference. CGOC offers corporate litigation, discovery, and records management leaders and practitioners with educational seminars, benchmarking surveys, group workshops, an annual Summit and retreat, white papers by expert faculty, a professional networking website, and regional working groups. Membership in the forum is free to qualified executives. Learn more at

About PSS Systems, an IBM Company
PSS Systems, an IBM Company, helps companies eliminate unnecessary legal risk, and discovery and data management costs. Its Atlas Suite is the recognized leader in information governance with customers like Abbott, BASF, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, First Data, GE, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Travelers, and Williams. PSS is the innovator that started the legal holds market in 2004 and has the largest concentration of customers and domain experts anywhere. PSS is a trusted business partner to its customers, offering expert insight, best-in-class software, and continuous innovation to address emerging challenges. PSS founded and sponsors the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC) as a part of its commitment to advancing corporate retention and preservation practices. The company is based in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit

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