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Advisory Board

Effective October 1, 2017, the OTA Board of Directors has been dissolved and operates as an independent and informal Advisory Board to the Internet Society (ISOC). The views expressed by members of the Board may not reflect those of ISOC or their respective employer.  Please send comments to Board @ otalliance.org.

Neil Daswani
Consumer, Chief Security Officer, Symantec, Inc

Ashit (Ash) Kumar
CISO Interections / Identity Guard

Sal Tripi
Assistant VP, Digital Operations & Compliance
Publishers Clearing House

Gary VonHoch
Vice President, Web Operations
American Greetings Interactive

Ben Wilson
General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations

Neil Daswani, Consumer, Chief Security Officer, Symantec, Inc 
coming soon....

Ashit (Ash) Kumar, CISO, Intersections
Ash is the CISO at Intersections Inc., an Identity Theft Protection services company. He is responsible for all Information security for the organization including infrastructure, risk management, policy and compliance with standards. He has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Security including running his technology company. His experience has spread across systems and network architecture, training, security architecture, security event management and incidence response. He is a CISSP and holds a degree in electrical and electronics engineering. 

Sal Tripi, Assistant VP, Digital Operations & Compliance, Publishers Clearing House
Mr. Tripi is an assistant vice president  at Publishers Clearing House (PCH), the United States' largest and best known sweepstakes company. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in Privacy, Marketing, Operations, new customer recruitment, relationship marketing and ecommerce. His work encompasses a variety of digital operational areas including digital operations, ad operations, compliance and privacy, and he has successfully developed and implemented compliance policies and practices that have allowed PCH to expand their entrepreneurial endeavors while maintaining a reputation for strong consumer and brand protection. 

Gary von Hoch, Vice President of Web Operations, AG Interactive
Gary is responsible for web operations, security and email integrity for AG Interactive, the digital communications subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation, a Cleveland, Ohio-based creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products. The interactive division oversees one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web. Gary has been with American Greetings for 35 years and has served in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing and internal systems, before helping to form the Interactive Marketing department in 1994, which eventually evolved into AG Interactive. His knowledge and insight have been instrumental in continuously advancing AG Interactive’s technology infrastructure, ensuring systems run securely and efficiently. He and his team routinely explore new technology to understand how people use it to communicate and how it can support social expressions product. Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Accounting from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He went on to earn his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Ben Wilson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, DigiCert, Inc.
Ben has practiced law for over 20 years, focusing on Internet and information security.  As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Ben has deep expertise in the public key infrastructure (PKI) implementation, with a focus on the identification processes used to authenticate and issue digital certificates to PKI subscribers.  He is an active participant in the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology Law and its Information Security Committee.   Mr. Wilson also represents DigiCert with the Certification Authority / Browser Forum.  Locally, Mr. Wilson has been chair of the Utah State Bar's Cyberlaw Section, and he is a Master of the Bench in the Sutherland-Watkiss American Inn of Court.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Utah in 1987 with an Honors B.A. in Economics and in 1990 with a Juris Doctorate.