Sheila M. FitzPatrick
Sheila M.
Chief Privacy Officer

Sheila FitzPatrick has over thirty-five years’ experience as an international data protection attorney. Sheila is considered one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, country-specific data protection agencies in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and The Americas, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies. She provides expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, legal issues associated with cloud computing and big data, data breach compliance and management, and records management. Sheila has been recognized by Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) around the world for her depth of comprehension and commitment to data protection laws. She speaks regularly at global conferences and panel discussions focused on data privacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing. Sheila is one of the foremost experts on the EU General Data Protection Regulation and was identified as one of the 2017 EMEA 50 recipients, an honor bestowed on the 50 most influential people in EMEA.

Sheila currently works with NetApp as their global Data Governance and Privacy Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer. She is responsible for NetApp’s worldwide data privacy compliance program that includes responsibility for compliance with global laws related to data protection, data sovereignty, cybersecurity, data breach notification, cloud computing and records management.

Sheila sits on many external councils and is currently the Vice-Chair of CompTIA’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Committees and is actively involved in their Big Data and Cloud Computing Subcommittees. Sheila holds strategic seats on “by invitation only” committees including the European Union Data Protection Advisory Council, the Asia Pacific Data Protection Framework Advisory Board, the Latin American Data Privacy Forum, the SIA Privacy Council, the Canadian PIPEDA Advisory Board, and the ANZ Privacy and Cybersecurity Advisory Group.

Sheila holds undergraduate and law degrees (BA & JD) from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA, an MBA from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and a law degree (LLM) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Sheila was honored as one of the 2017 Silicon Valley Women of Influence.