Author Profile

Bart Willemsen

Bart Willemsen

VP Analyst

7 years at Gartner,  16 years' experience

Location:  Netherlands  |  Language(s):  Dutch, English

Roles and Responsibilities

Bart Willemsen is a VP Analyst with focus on all privacy-related challenges in an international context, as well as on ethics, digital society, and the intersection with modern technology including AI. He has a broad and in-depth history of experience across industries. With detailed knowledge of privacy worldwide, he is a privacy and data protection advocate with a firm drive to help organizations generate value and seize the discipline's opportunities in both strategy and tactics. Mr. Willemsen was among the earlier Fellows of Information Privacy (FIP), and held accreditations like CIPP/E, CIPM, CISA, CISM, bringing broad, proven and multidisciplinary best practices to his clients.


Previous Experience

Mr. Willemsen's previous job responsibility included implementing, auditing and overseeing integral privacy and security programs and compliance strategies for holding companies and their subsidiaries. He has worked for over 13 years at various international businesses, and was a (Chief) Privacy and Security Officer. He represented multiple companies as a member in the Dutch National PT Board working party for information management and the privacy workgroup and was involved in consultation rounds for previous (European) data protection legislation.

Professional Background

  • Connexxion , Privacy and Security Officer, 11 years
  • Transdev , Privacy Officer, Security Officer, 2 years


  • B.A., (B-ICT) Business Informatics, Information Security, Wageningen and EPBS
  • B.A., (B-ICT) IT Management, E3 Maastricht