Seasoned executive helps healthcare organizations address and mitigate privacy and security risks
NEW YORK, July 8, 2014 – PwC US today announced that Kenneth P. Mortensen, Esq., has joined the firm as a managing director, specializing in data protection and privacy in the Risk Assurance practice. Based in Boston, he will lead the expansion of PwC’s Risk Assurance healthcare privacy offerings and support clients in addressing privacy, governance and compliance needs. PwC's privacy capabilities are a key component of its broader focus on cybersecurity risks.
“Rapid changes in technology and privacy laws across the globe have escalated privacy risks to every Board’s agenda, especially in the healthcare space. New regulations, evolving business models and new entrants have made data protection and privacy even more complex,” said Dean Simone, leader of PwC’s U.S. Risk Assurance practice. “Having Ken join our data protection and privacy team is a testament to our commitment in investing and growing our capabilities to help our clients stay in front of and manage emerging risks to their businesses.”
Prior to joining PwC, Mortensen was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer at CVS Caremark, responsible for overseeing information governance. Mortensen was also the first Chief Privacy Officer for Boston Scientific Corporation, responsible for implementing a global privacy and security program. Prior to that, he served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the Associate Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was the primary counsel and policy advisor to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General on privacy and civil liberties matters.
“Industries that have a vast amount of data to manage – like the healthcare sector – are looking for insights and solutions to manage and protect their data. Our teams include not only technical expertise but professionals with deep industry backgrounds like Ken who have been in the field and have hands-on corporate experience. Ken is a critical piece of our expanding data protection and privacy practice and we welcome him to our team,” said Shawn Panson, PwC Risk Assurance Emerging Services leader.
Mortensen is a member of the board of directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He also serves on the boards of Shared Assessments and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) and is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mortensen received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law and his MBA from Villanova University. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a Certificate in Foreign Intelligence Law from the Judge Advocate General's School of Law.
“PwC’s Risk Assurance practice is unique in its approach of having a dedicated team in creating an infrastructure of trust for organizations across the entire enterprise,” concluded Mortensen. “I look forward to working with such a talented group of professionals to build out our data protection and privacy service offerings to tackle the next generation of privacy risks for healthcare organizations.”
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