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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 has taught Privacy law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School and is an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School teaching privacy and international law courses.  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.



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Keith A. Cheresko is a Principal of Privacy Associates International LLC.  Mr. Cheresko served as general counsel to the Ponemon Institute, a privacy research organization. Prior to his role with the Ponemon Institute, Mr. Cheresko served as the primary privacy counsel and 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 the Corporate Privacy office.  He also served at Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford’s finance subsidiary, including assignments in International and North American Auto Finance, where he played a key role in the development of financial privacy practices designed to meet federal Gramm Leach Bliley financial privacy requirements as well as involvement with a wide variety of ecommerce matters.


Mr. Cheresko is an International Association of Privacy Professionals Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) and holds Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials.  Mr. Cheresko is a former Co-Chair of the IAPP’s Detroit KnowledgeNet group.   


He is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and serves as a longtime member of the Ponemon Institute's Responsible Information Management (or RIM) Council Advisory Board.   Mr. Cheresko is on the governing Council of the State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section, where he is Co-Chair of the Privacy Law Committee.  He is a member of the Boards of the Detroit Chapter of ISACA and the Michigan chapter of InfraGard and serves as President and Vice President respectively.


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.


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