Squire Patton Boggs Welcomes Former Federal Chief Information Officer for the United States Government

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Addition of IT industry veteran and former Federal Chief Information Officer for the US Government under President Obama continues firm’s expansion efforts into critical area of concern for clients.

Tony Scott has joined Squire Patton Boggs as Senior Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Advisor, further strengthening the firm's Data Privacy & Cybersecurity and Public Policy Practices. Over the course of his impressive career, Mr. Scott has held leadership roles in the technology, media & entertainment, automotive, pharmaceutical, and consulting industries where he focused on data governance, cybersecurity, technology improvement and optimization and IT risk management.

President Obama appointed Mr. Scott as the Federal Government’s CIO in 2015. He was responsible for management guidance, budget oversight, IT governance, cybersecurity coordination, and strategy for the Executive Branch. His achievements included implementing an overhaul of federal IT policy, creating the first ever government-wide Open Source Policy, and leading the Government’s response to the Office of Personnel Management cyber intrusions through initiatives that ultimately led to the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan.

A seasoned industry leader, Mr. Scott served as Chief Information Officer at VMware, the virtualization company, with responsibility for IT and Real Estate Workplace functions and spent five years as Chief Information Officer at Microsoft Corporation overseeing all aspects of the company's IT organization and enterprise digital supply chain. He was also Chief Information Officer at The Walt Disney Company where he led significant IT infrastructure upgrades and developed enterprise-wide risk management and cybersecurity functions, and Chief Technology Officer of Information Systems & Services at General Motors Corporation, where he led a number of digital transformation initiatives.

“Tony’s broad IT experience in both the private and public sectors is unmatched and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm,” Robin Campbell, co-chair of the firm’s global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice said. “His insight into the data protection and cybersecurity policy landscape from his time as the Government’s CIO and private sector will be of substantial benefit to our clients, as will his on-the-ground experience spanning many different sectors.”

Commenting on his appointment to the firm, Mr. Scott added, “I was drawn to Squire Patton Boggs’ Public Policy credentials and all-star international Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team and how they work together to benefit clients with forward-looking advice. From my time in industry as well as the Federal Government, I can attest to the importance of being both prepared to deal with any incidents that might arise as well as staying attuned to the shifting regulatory and public policy levers. I look forward to sharing these insights with our clients and supporting my new colleagues across the firm.”

Mr. Scott is a graduate of the University of San Francisco at San Francisco with a B.S. Information Systems Management and received his J.D. from Santa Clara University. He was inducted in the CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2009, was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs by Infoworld Magazine and was the recipient of the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council's 2016 Leadership Award.

Squire Patton Boggs has heavily strengthened its Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice this year. In June, Tara McGraw Swaminatha, a former federal computer crime prosecutor, joined the firm as partner from DLA Piper. Robin Campbell and Elliot Golding came to the firm as partners in February from Crowell & Moring. The Public Policy Practice also continues to strategically expand, most recently hiring Pablo Carrillo, Senator John McCain’s former Chief of Staff, as of counsel.

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