EDS names high-flying security bosses

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EDS has named Paul Clark as its chief privacy executive and Detlef Eurich as its chief information security officer.

Clark, enterprise and IT service executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa, will help to ensure consistency in global privacy legislation and voluntary industry-led initiatives. He is based in London.

Eurich, who has been serving as director of corporate security, will be responsible for setting security policy, implementing standards and architecture and developing information protection strategies. He is based in Plano, Texas.

“EDS believes responsible protection and management of personal and client data is fundamental to success in the digital economy,” said Terry Milholland, chief information officer. “These appointments recognize the contributions Paul, Detlef and their teams are making to keep our programs at benchmark level.”

EDS implemented a global data protection program in 1998 to ensure compliance with the European Union’s data protection directive.

“Paul’s deep knowledge of European data protection and privacy issues strengthens EDS’ position as an industry leader,” Milholland said. “His experience will keep us well ahead of anticipated requirements in the United States.”

“Responsible management of personal data goes beyond the issue of respecting an individual’s right to privacy,” said Clark. “In today’s digital economy, personal data has real commercial value. Every company is obligated to protect and safeguard that data from abuse and misuse.”

Clark, who joined EDS in 1985, directed the company’s technical infrastructure operations in EMEA before his appointment in January 1999 as Chief Information Officer for EMEA. Last December, he assumed his current role as service executive for all enterprise information technology services. Earlier, he spent nearly 20 years with General Motors in Europe.

Eurich has been responsible for establishing security policies, direction, standards and methodologies for all aspects of security, including physical security, information security and investigations.

“With his experience in law enforcement, the government sector and EDS, Detlef has a unique perspective,” Milholland said. “He has a deep understanding of the technological aspects of information security and the need for continuous improvement.”

Eurich joined EDS in 1985 as supervisor for administration at the company’s Ruesselsheim, Germany, facility. His promotion in 1989 to division security manager prompted his move to the United States. Before joining EDS, he held a variety of positions, most of them law-enforcement related, with the Hesse State Government in Germany.

“The ability to deliver information accurately, consistently and reliably is a prerequisite in the digital economy,” said Eurich. “It’s my job to ensure the integrity of EDS’ delivery capability, internally and externally.”

EDS provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers’ trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world’s leading companies and governments in 55 countries. The company reported revenues of $18.5 billion in 1999.

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