October 27, 2005 16:08 ET

Nuala O'Connor Kelly Honored With Vanguard Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Privacy Field in 2005

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2005 -- The International Association of Privacy Professionals, the world's largest association of professionals in the privacy field, announced today that Nuala O'Connor Kelly, General Electric's Chief Privacy Leader and Senior Counsel, is the 2005 recipient of the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award.

O'Connor Kelly, who recently joined GE after receiving numerous accolades for her tenure as Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was presented the award by Rena Mears, national privacy leader in Deloitte & Touche's security & privacy services, during the IAPP's Privacy Academy 2005 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas.

"I'm tremendously honored to receive the Vanguard Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals," O'Connor Kelly said. "The IAPP has become the leading voice of privacy professionals and has brought the privacy profession into new focus. I'm honored to be recognized for our team's work at the Department of Homeland Security, in particular, where we sought to embed privacy principles in a meaningful and practical way."

Sponsored by Deloitte & Touche, one of the nation's leading professional services organizations, the Vanguard Award singles out for distinction the privacy professional of the year.

"There is perhaps no more challenging privacy job in the country than leading the Department of Homeland Security's efforts in this field," said Chris Zoladz, President of the IAPP Board of Directors and Vice President of Information Protection for Marriott International. "Nuala's ability to craft effective solutions during these turbulent times is clearly deserving of recognition."

Mears praised O'Connor Kelly for her leadership. "Nuala enthusiastically and skillfully tackled an enormous issue with national and international implications," Mears said. "The Vanguard Award is a well-deserved recognition of her careful and deft stewardship of privacy within the Department of Homeland Security. The IAPP and Deloitte & Touche are proud to recognize her accomplishments as a pioneer in the privacy profession."

Secretary Tom Ridge appointed O'Connor Kelly Chief Privacy Officer of DHS on April 16, 2003. O'Connor Kelly was responsible for privacy compliance throughout DHS. Her responsibilities included assuring that technologies used by DHS sustained privacy protections.


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