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Ryan Vinelli

Ryan Vinelli

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
VP, Associate General Counsel & Deputy Privacy Officer
Stamford, CT, USA


Ryan Vinelli

Title
VP, Associate General Counsel - Deputy Privacy Officer and Data Governance

Company
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Bio

Ryan Vinelli is a Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Deputy Privacy Officer and Data Governance for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood is a branded hospitality company focused primarily on the luxury segment with over 1300 hotels and properties. Starwood has an award-winning loyalty program and employs over 188,000 associates worldwide. Ryan is responsible for supporting the Chief Privacy Officer in the creation and implementation of a global privacy and data governance program. Ryan’s recent work at Starwood has focused on ensuring cross-border data transfer compliance, protecting Starwood’s loyalty program members as well as working with internal business partners to best utilize strategic data assets.

Prior to joining Starwood, Ryan served as privacy counsel for General Electric’s Corporate IT Risk department. In that role he created processes within IT for privacy compliance, communicating with labor unions and addressing emerging enterprise-wide issues in a proactive manner. He additionally acted as a liaison between the IT and legal departments for many matters beyond privacy and cyber-security.

Ryan is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from Tufts University. Ryan is licensed to practice law in multiple states and is a registered Patent attorney.
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