Walmart announced Tuesday that Nuala O’Connor has been appointed to a new senior vice president and chief counsel of digital citizenship role.
She will report directly to Rachel Brand, executive vice president of global governance, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.
O’Connor will be tasked with focusing on how Walmart uses data and technology in a way that supports the company’s goal to be the most trusted retailer.
She brings more than 20 years of technology policy and legal leadership experience, having worked for the Center for Democracy and Technology, Amazon, General Electric and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
O’Connor most recently served as president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
In the private sector, she was vice president of compliance and customer trust and associate general counsel for privacy and data protection at Amazon, the chief privacy leader at General Electric, and held both privacy leadership and legal counsel roles at DoubleClick.
In the public sector, O’Connor was the first chief privacy officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deputy director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning and chief counsel for technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
She began her legal career in private practice at Sidley Austin, Venable & Hudson Cook.
O’Connor holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.