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Carolyn Holcomb

Carolyn Holcomb

Privacy Assurance Leader, ESG Partner, PwC US

Carolyn is a Partner with PwC with nearly 30 years of experience helping both US and global clients manage risk and systems of internal control, specializing in privacy, cybersecurity, information technology, data governance, and ESG. She led the formation of today’s PwC Privacy Practice in 2010. Carolyn has also helped numerous organizations implement the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). She actively advises her clients on ESG strategies and roadmaps for enhancing their internal processes and ESG disclosures. She performs SOC 2 readiness and attest engagements and served as PwC’s representative to the AICPA Privacy Task Force. She has also frequently served as the Independent Assessor in response to consent orders from regulators such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She also helps companies prepare for and enhance their compliance with such consent orders. Carolyn helps organizations build, enhance and implement their data governance and ESG programs to ensure they will be sustainable over the long term. Carolyn helps organizations operationalize their privacy, cybersecurity and ESG programs. She also helps organizations build control mechanisms and implement monitoring programs that include reporting to senior management and the Board of Directors. Carolyn also assesses her clients’ controls and monitoring of third parties and provides advice to such clients to help them enhance, and often remediate, such controls and programs.

Women in Technology (WIT) honored Carolyn as the Woman of the Year in Technology among Large Enterprises in Georgia, to celebrate the accomplishments of women technology executives who are leaders and visionaries in both business and community. She is a frequent speaker and often quoted in a variety of media outlets such at Reuters TV,, Compliance Week, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Carolyn is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Information Privacy Professionals (CIPP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). She has a B.S. in Math from Bucknell University and an MBA from Georgia Tech. Carolyn has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

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