Biography

Ericka Watson is Lead Counsel for Global Data Privacy & EU Data Privacy Officer at Danaher Corporation, a global science and technology innovator committed to helping customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. She has strategic and tactical experience of implementing and enforcing comprehensive corporate privacy programs and cross-business working environments in the management of regulated data. She is responsible for leading the effort to develop and communicate Danaher’s global data privacy compliance strategy, and advices Danaher and its operating companies on a wide range of business matters and strategies.

Ericka was previously a senior privacy leader at AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, previously part of Abbott Laboratories. Prior to that she led privacy at GE Healthcare. She was responsible for leading global efforts to accomplish internal compliance and enabling client compliance with data protection requirements through the development of comprehensive and effective technology solutions, internal procedures, security controls, and awareness programs. She navigated challenging and novel privacy & data security issues and worked to develop compliant solutions.

Ericka is a frequent speaker on privacy matters including: Internet of Things, Big Data, GDPR, and Developing a Global Privacy Programs.

Ericka is currently serving as the Secretary of the American Bar Association Science and Technology Section. She received her BA from CUNY-Hunter College and earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is currently an active member of the Illinois and Wisconsin Bar.