Bob Siegel


Bob Siegel is recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional with endorsements for US Private and Public Law (CIPP/US, CIPP/G), European Law (CIPP/E), Canadian Law (CIPP/C), IT Practices (CIPT), and Privacy Program Management (CIPM). He has deep subject matter knowledge surrounding key laws and regulations regarding consumer privacy and information security. He has been a member of the IAPP Certification Advisory Board for its Publications as well as a member of their training faculty, having trained over 12,000 privacy professionals. Bob contributed to the creation of the IAPP’s Privacy Program Management and European Data Protection classes as a subject matter expert.

In 2012 Bob founded Privacy Ref, a privacy consulting firm whose main focus is helping businesses develop and implement privacy policies, procedures, and technology to address regulations and employ best practices for handling personal information concerning customers, employees, and other individuals. The company applies their experience managing international privacy and security requirements for the enterprise and tailoring them to the needs of any size business. Privacy Ref’s clients come from diverse industries, some of which include retail, financial services, health care services, technology, business services, manufacturing, utilities, and entertainment. They range in size from less than 50 employees to over 160,000 with their revenues ranging from about $20 million to over $65 billion. Clients have operations in the US and around the world.

Prior to founding Privacy Ref, Bob was the Senior Manager of Worldwide Privacy and Compliance for Staples, Inc. He transitioned a program that focused on PCI DSS compliance to one fully encompassing all aspects of privacy for 90,000 employees across 66 business units in 28 countries. Bob is also an accomplished program management expert with a successful record of achievement in business planning, information privacy, sales support, customer support, application development, and product management. He has a proven record of working with executive teams to convert strategic plans into programs with well-defined, measurable outcomes. Bob has the ability to create realistic program schedules and budgets, resolve critical path issues, set expectations, manage risks, and deliver results consistently on time and within budget.