SIA names Committee Chair of the Year

Monday, February 3, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) selected Kathleen Carroll, leader of the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board, as the 2020 recipient of the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award. This award recognizes individuals for excellence in leading SIA committees and advancing member objectives. SIA will present Carroll with the honor at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West on Tuesday, March 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“During her time as advisory board chair, Kathleen Carroll has increased awareness of data privacy issues throughout the security industry,” Don Erickson, SIA CEO, said in the announcement. “Kathleen’s leadership has helped positions SIA as a thought leader on this critical issue and we look forward to recognizing her for her outstanding achievements at The Advance this year.”

Carroll is the founder and managing partner of Seven Seas Strategic Communications, a full-service public relations and government affairs firm offering strategic planning, writing, media relations and event planning. With more than 30 years of experience, she has worked with companies in diverse industries, designing programs and strategies that help build business, and garner attention and support for clients’ key goals and objectives. Carroll previously served as vice president of corporate communications for HID Global, overseeing the development and implementation of public relations and government affairs programs. She has also testified before Congress on topics such as the use of secure identification documents in airports as well as in several states on the use of secure credentials for physical and logical access control, cyber security, the Internet of Things (IoT) and privacy.

“I am honored to be recognized as Chairperson of the Year,” Carroll said. “The Data Privacy Advisory Board members have made it easy to chair this committee, and I thank them for their commitment, dedication and active participation.

“I am also grateful to SIA for recognizing early on that privacy and security should be complementary. As important has been the support that the advisory board has received form Ron Hawkins and the rest of the SIA staff. Educating and informing the security industry about data privacy motivates me daily, and chairing the Data Privacy Advisory Board allows me to work with like-minded leaders in the industry to spread the word. Privacy matters.”