GES has appointed Irene Aguilar as data protection officer for the EMEA region. In her new role, Aguilar is responsible for developing and implementing GES’ data protection policy across EMEA. The company has been reviewing its data policies and systems ahead of GDPR – the EU data privacy directive which comes into effect on May 25, 2018.
Aguilar joins GES following the completion of an MSc in systems management and innovation from Warwick Business School. She spent two years as a business support analyst at IBM, and most recently worked on streamlining efficiencies on critical systems as an IT disaster recovery graduate at Emerald Automotive Design.
Jason Popp, executive vice president, International, GES, commented: “As a leading supplier to the industry we communicate with thousands of visitors, exhibitors, sponsors and event organisers each year. We believe strongly in ensuring that the use of their data is protected and GDPR compliant. It’s much more than a box ticking exercise – it’s ultimately about being a trusted partner, respecting our customers and doing the right thing.”
Paul McKenna, chief financial officer, GES EMEA, added: “I am delighted to welcome Irene to our team. She has a keen analytical eye and will ensure we have the correct processes in place for May 2018.”