Leadership – Privacy Associates International LLC
Robert L. Rothman is a Principal of Privacy Associates International LLC. From 2002 to 2009 he was the Chief Privacy Officer of General Motors Corporation. In that capacity he was responsible for the company’s global privacy policies and compliance activities. Mr. Rothman established a Global Privacy Center comprised of GM representatives in various disciplines and geographic areas and organized a network of privacy contacts in business units around the world. He managed the creation of contracts, training and auditing programs, as well as various internal policies and processes, to assure compliance with domestic and foreign privacy laws and regulations. Mr. Rothman worked on cutting edge privacy issues such as RFIDs and OnStar as well as a broad range of domestic and foreign legislative initiatives. He actively represented GM in various privacy organizations, including the Conference Board Council of Chief Privacy Officers, the Global Privacy Alliance, the Center for Information Policy Leadership, and the National Business Coalition on e-Commerce and Privacy.
Mr. Rothman held a variety of other positions during his career at GM, including Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors International Operations and General Counsel of General Motors Europe, both in Zurich, Switzerland. He was General Counsel of Delphi Automotive Systems in Troy, Michigan and led the legal function of eGM, GM’s global e-commerce unit, in Detroit.
Mr. Rothman holds a JD from Ohio State University, an MBA from Duke University, and an AB in Chinese from the University of Michigan. He is an Adjunct Professor at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School teaching privacy and international law courses and has taught Privacy law as an Adjunct Professor at the Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Rothman is on the governing Council of the State Bar of Michigan International Law Section as well as the Information Technology Law Section, where he is Co-Chair of the Privacy Law Committee. He is a frequent speaker at legal, business and government functions.
Keith A. Cheresko is a Principal of Privacy Associates International LLC. Mr. Cheresko served as general counsel of the Ponemon Institute, a privacy research organization. Prior to his role with the Ponemon Institute, Mr. Cheresko was the primary privacy counsel and a de facto privacy leader at Ford Motor Company.
During his 26 year tenure at Ford, he held an assortment of legal assignments supporting Ford’s diverse business activities. With the parent company these assignments included Trade Regulation, Diversified Products Operations, and Corporate Privacy Office departments of the Office of the General Counsel. He also served at Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford’s finance subsidiary, including Legal Office assignments in the International and North American Auto Finance sections. Mr. Cheresko played a key role in the development of financial privacy practices designed to meet federal Gramm Leach Bliley financial privacy requirements, and was involved with a wide variety of e-commerce matters.
Mr. Cheresko is a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) in the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials. He is a former Co-Chair of the IAPP’s Detroit KnowledgeNet group.
Mr. Cheresko is also a Ponemon Institute Fellow and a longtime member of the Ponemon Institute’s Responsible Information Management Council Advisory Board. He is the State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section Council Chair as well as a founding member and Co-Chair of that Section’s Privacy Law Committee. Mr. Cheresko is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Detroit Chapter of ISACA. He is a member of the Board of Directors of InfraGard Michigan Members Alliance Inc., the Michigan chapter of InfraGard, where he currently serves as Vice President.
Mr. Cheresko received a BA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a JD from Wayne State University and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.