RILA appoints Nicholas Ahrens VP of privacy and cybersecurity

The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced the hiring of Nicholas Ahrens as VP of privacy and cybersecurity in a Sept. 11 statement. He officially joined the group on Sept. 8.

Ahrens joins RILA from the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He will lead RILA's privacy and data security agenda and act as lead advocate in dealings with government relating to cybersecurity, privacy and data security. Ahrens will also oversee the continued implementation of RILA's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative, as well as the staffing of the RILA Privacy Leaders Council, which is comprised of senior-level executives from America's largest retailers.

"Nick brings valuable insight into the critical privacy and data security challenges retailers face today," said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. "His experience will make him an outstanding advocate for the retail industry and we are excited to have him on the RILA team."

Ahrens previously spent four years at the U.S. Department of Commerce serving in numerous senior roles including counsel to the general counsel, in which he gave legal and policy advice on a number of privacy and cybersecurity issues. Ahrens also worked on the 2012 White House Consumer Data Privacy Blueprint by coordinating for the blueprint's rollout in the European Union. Press Release