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Global Leader

Data - Data Experts 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sonia Cheng is a top-notch practitioner who is recognised by peers for being “very focused on the information governance side, particularly GDPR”.

Biography

Sonia Cheng is a managing director within FTI’s technology consulting practice, currently leading the EMEA information governance privacy and security practice. She advises some of the world’s largest financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical and energy firms, on matters related to defensible disposal, data remediation, records management, privacy, e-discovery, compliance, and digital transformation programmes.

Sonia’s domain expertise and diversity of experience results in a unique and effective approach towards gaining executive approval and enabling sustained IG transformation.

Sonia previously led the information governance practice at IBM, where she led global programmes to implement privacy, legal and data minimisation solutions. She also worked with firms to perform remediation of unstructured, structured and backup data. She has held consulting leadership and financial analysis roles at PSS Systems, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, where she handled large mission-critical financial systems and audit applications, and conducted vendor evaluation efforts.

Sonia currently leads a complex European merger control dealing with highly complex data remediation under tight time frames. She has also led a number of GDPR readiness engagements, including for a global healthcare firm with highly sensitive patient data operating in over 80 countries, for which she and her team rapidly identified privacy and security risks, developed comprehensive data inventories, and implemented data life cycle and consent management capabilities. Sonia has extensive experience in dealing with data retention, privacy and data transformation programmes. Sonia regularly advises global financial institutions on defensible data deletion, backup remediation and modernising information governance practices. She led a multi-year IG implementation for a global European financial services firm, reducing overall firm cost and risk for more than 140 petabytes of data across five regions.

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