Merkle appoints Rice as first data protection officer

riceData-driven marketing giant Merkle has recruited former ICO chief Simon Rice to the dedicated role of data protection officer for the EMEA region.
In this new role, Rice will ensure that Merkle continues to meet its obligations under GDPR and further prepare the company to respond swiftly to legislative developments and guidance published by worldwide regulators as it comes into play.
Rice’s role will also see him act as an independent advisor to the business and engage with regulators.
He joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was lead security domain engineer supporting cyber and data security programmes for the bank.
Prior to that, Rice was head of technology (policy) at the Information Commissioner’s Office, where led the technical and information security expertise of the office.
Merkle EMEA president Michael Komasinski said: “Simon’s unrivalled experience in the data protection field will prove invaluable as we work towards the continuing development of our rapidly expanding business in EMEA.”
Rice added: “Under the umbrella of Merkle’s people-based marketing approach, it is incredibly important to ensure that consumers can still benefit from a bespoke, tailored experience whilst safeguarding their data. I am proud to be able to contribute to Merkle’s forward-thinking vision as well as working with a talented and growing team.”

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