GM Trustworthy Computing and Chief Privacy Strategist
As GM Trustworthy Computing and Chief Privacy Strategist at Microsoft Corp., Peter Cullen is directly responsible for managing the development and implementation of programs that bolster the privacy and trustworthiness of Microsoft® products, services, processes and systems worldwide. Cullen leads Microsoft’s privacy group as well as teams of online safety, geopolitical and accessibility experts, all committed to enhancing customers’ computing experiences.
Cullen brings more than a decade of expertise in privacy and data protection to his role as well as extensive background in building sound organizational practices. In 2003, Cullen was honored with the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) Vanguard Award for Privacy Innovation for his contributions to the privacy profession.
During his tenure at Microsoft, Cullen has been a leading advocate for strong and innovative safeguards for personal information, privacy and data, as well as technologies, services and processes that enhance trust and ease of access. He meets regularly with industry and public policy leaders and is a frequent speaker at conferences, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Before joining Microsoft in July 2003, Cullen served as the corporate privacy officer for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), where he was responsible for influencing initiatives relevant to the RBC Financial Group’s strategic approach to privacy. He also established the Corporate Privacy Group, a first for a Canadian financial institution, to more effectively coordinate the management of privacy across the organization. During Cullen’s tenure at RBC, he also helped increase shareholder value through customer loyalty and satisfaction endeavors.
Cullen holds an MBA with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is married with two adult children. In his personal time, Cullen enjoys practicing his passion for the culinary arts, golfing and skiing.