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DWF appoints new data protection and cyber security consulting and operational risk leader

14 May 2020
DWF, the global legal business, has appointed Mark Hendry as Director of Data Protection and Cyber Security.
Mark joins DWF from Deloitte where he was responsible for client projects relating to data protection and cyber security risk and remediation.  Prior to Deloitte, Mark spent nine years at PwC during which time he held roles including, Group Leader for the 100+ headcount London Cyber Security and Business Resilience Business, Technology Audit Lead for the FTSE100 practice, and Leadership Team member of the multi-disciplinary Data Protection group. 

Prior to that, Mark spent several years working in client facing technical project and programme management roles for Research Machines Plc and British Telecom. Mark has over 14 years' experience in assisting clients to deliver their most complex and critical initiatives.  As well as a proven track record in cyber security and data protection, risk remediation and transformation, Mark also has extensive experience working in contentious, time critical and pressured circumstances including some of the most significant breach events to have affected leading companies in recent years. 

At DWF, Mark's focus will be on leading and growing cyber security consultancy services alongside Global Head of Data Protection and Cyber Security, Stewart Room, and the wider leadership team.  Mark will advise clients across a range of sectors to address their cyber security issues and requirements, with particular focus on multidisciplinary incident response services, strategic improvement, and risk remediation. 

Commenting on Mark’s appointment, Stewart Room, Partner and Global Head of Data Protection and Cyber Security, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming Mark to DWF. He is an extremely experienced data protection and cyber security professional who provides DWF with an added edge in the market. Mark will be critical in advising clients across a range of sectors to address their cyber security issues, with a focus on incident response services, strategic improvement, and risk remediation."

Speaking about his role with the firm, Mark said, "I am delighted to have joined DWF which is a business in prime position to serve our clients and grow with them. The combination of DWF's legal expertise and associated legal and non-legal services globally provides an incredibly powerful and united platform from which to serve our clients and markets.  My appointment and other recent appointments within this area of expertise provide a real statement of intent to the market and our clients about DWF as a destination of choice for clients requiring cyber security and data protection services. The combination of expertise and experience, global coverage, and service lines available from DWF is truly impressive and it is exciting to have joined the business at this stage of development.  Particularly as new security challenges and issues continue to present themselves as a result of COVID-19".

Mark's appointment comes after James Drury-Smith joined the business as partner and UK national leader of privacy and cyber security in April and Stewart Room as partner and global head of data protection and cyber security in February.

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