Dale SkivingtonDale Skivington is a privacy consultant and Chair of the Board of ESL Federal Credit Union.  She previously served as Vice President of Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer for Dell Inc., where she led a team that handles Dell’s compliance risks. Skivington has given lectures on compliance, privacy, employment litigation, diversity, and other civil rights and employment law topics. She has received multiple awards for her work during her career.

How long have you been a compliance professional?

My career has focused on compliance since 1998, when I was asked to serve as Eastman Kodak’s first Chief Privacy Officer. Before joining Kodak, I was in private practice litigating civil rights and personal injury matters, and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York. 

Tell us a bit about your role as Vice President of Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer at Dell.

At Dell, I led a team of lawyers and non-lawyers that works closely with the business to ensure that Dell's compliance program addresses the company's key risks and results in its stakeholders considering Dell one of the world’s most ethical companies

"Compliance provides the opportunity to work hand in hand with the business to help them develop and implement policies, processes, and controls that address some of the company’s biggest enterprise risks."

What is the focus of your privacy consulting practice?

As CPO of two great brands, I had the privilege to work with some of the best in the privacy business. Together we developed what are deemed some of the leading privacy practices. I enjoy working with companies, large and small, in assessing their privacy risks and discussing options which might effectively mitigate those risks. 

What do you enjoy about working in compliance?

Compliance provides the opportunity to be a subject matter expert in dynamic and often international areas such as anti-corruption, privacy, antitrust, and trade compliance. But compliance also provides the opportunity to work hand in hand with the business to help them develop and implement policies, processes and controls that address some of the company’s biggest enterprise risks. Each company will have its own unique risk profile, which may change from time to time, given changes in the business or external environment. As a result, compliance professionals can be a significant strategic asset for the company.