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Bart Willemsen

VP Analyst

Bart Willemsen is a VP Analyst with focus on privacy, risk management and all privacy-related challenges in an international context. He is a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) with a broad and in-depth history of experience across industries. With detailed knowledge of privacy worldwide, he is also proficient in security and risk management strategy and dabbles with ethics in digital society.

Certified in both the security and privacy areas (CISM, CISA, CIPP/E, and CIPM), and with FIP accreditation, Mr. Willemsen brings broad, multidisciplinary knowledge and 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


Privacy and Security Officer


Privacy and Security Officer

Areas of coverage

Security and Risk Management Leaders

Technology, Information and Resilience Risk


B.A., (B-ICT) Business Informatics, Information Security, Wageningen and EPBS

B.A., (B-ICT) IT Management, E3 Maastricht

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Customer and employee privacy and data protection concerns

2Developing privacy, incident response, security, audit and compliance programs

3Reviewing guidelines, privacy and risk management programs, policies, (white)papers

4Specific privacy or ethics challenges in various jurisdictions (e.g. LGPD, GDPR, US privacy)

5Integrating privacy in overall risk management process