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Data - Data Experts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Sonia Cheng draws particularly high praise from sources for her impressive work on information governance, as well as her excellent knowledge of data regulation.


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 legacy data, record management, privacy, e-discovery, compliance, risk 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 GDPR readiness programme for a global healthcare firm to identify process, technology and security gaps. She has also led a GDPR assessment for a British real estate company, for which she and her team rapidly assessed and documented current state data protection capabilities, and developed a data-mapping document that captured all personal data processes for which the firm is responsible; developed a GDPR readiness roadmap for a global insurance firm that aligned resources and capabilities from the firm’s data as an asset, and also developed information governance programmes; and oversaw the IG implementation for a global European financial services firm, including leading the team to assess information cost and risk for more than 140 petabytes of data across five regions. 

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