Global CISO | digital transformation | CIO | board advisor | risk leader | attorney
Shamla has spent 37 years in technology from an engineer to an executive, including 20 years as a CISO. With her deep technical and industry knowledge in the digital and cyber fields, she is sought after by public and private sectors, and is often invited to speak in venues around the world. She is fluent in technical, business and regulatory topics. Working and speaking in over twenty countries on six continents has helped her distinguish herself in overcoming cultural barriers. WORK HISTORY Managing Partner, IBM (current) Advise CEOs, Board Directors and other C-suite executives on how to converge business strategy with security and privacy practices in their digital and business transformation journeys. Global CISO, IBM Protected IBM's digital footprint of millions of devices, petabytes of data and one of the worlds largest portfolios of intellectual property, including in the Cloud, in data centers, homes, offices and wherever ~400K IBM employees and partners worked. CISO, Starwood Responsible for securing personal, corporate, and financial data for 180,000 employees at 1,200 properties in 100 countries. Worked with US Secret Service and other security services to protect VIPs. Adjunct Faculty, University of Illinois, John Marshall School of Law (current) Developed multiple courses over a decade, in technology, security and privacy law, including required classes for all JD students. Security Executive, Bridgewater Leadership, strategy and execution of security programs to assess the risk and protect an estimated $72B in managed funds. This included information security, physical security and executive protection. CISO, Compliance Executive, & CIO for Enterprise Systems, Wellpoint Strategy, organizational design, and execution of all security and cyber programs. Sr VP and CISO, Northern Trust Defined information security and risk management strategies. Leader of Corporate Privacy Committee, providing oversight and executive reporting. Regular reporting to Business Risk Committee, Global Executive Committees, and to the General Counsel and engagement with the Board. VP – Security Architecture and Compliance, ABN AMRO Security strategy and programs for North America. Advisor to C-Suite executives on security, privacy and technology risk. CIO, VP of Technology, Leo Burnett Technology Group Delivered strategic technology initiatives.