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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

Craig Spiezle
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Online Trust Alliance
Managing Partner, Agelight Advisory Group

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

Craig Spiezle,
Managing Director, AgeLight Advisory Group
Chairman Emeretius, Online Trust Alliance

Craig is the managing director of AgeLight LLC, a professional services firm focused on promoting security and privacy best practices with the goals of promoting innovation and online trust.  Craig is a recognized authority on trust and the convergence of privacy and security promoting ethical privacy practices, end-to-end security and the importance on moving from a compliance mindset to stewardship.  Craig frequently briefs international policy makers driving awareness of best practices by both the public and private sectors and importance of internet governance.  As the founder of the OTA, Craig championed security best practices to help protect consumers, innovation and the role of meaningful self-regulation.  He created IoT Trustworthy Working Group an international coalition focused on security, privacy and sustainability and the principal author of the IoT Trust Framework. Prior to OTA, Craig spent over a decade at Microsoft focused on digital marketing, security and privacy enhancing technologies and standards driving the development of brand protection, anti-spam, anti-phishing and privacy enabling technologies.  Craig is on the board of the Identity Theft Council, editorial board of SC Magazine and a member of InfraGard, the Internet Society International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Anti- Phishing Working Group (APWG).  In addition, Craig is a past member of the City of Clyde Hill Utility Commission, served on two terms on the Federal Communications Commission advisory councils pertaining to online security and reliability of critical infrastructure, past board member of MAAWG and participant in multiple NTIA multi-stakeholder working groups including facial recognition, vulnerability disclosure, mobile privacy disclosures and IoT patching and upgradability.  Current and past clients include Internet Society, Intersections, IdentityGuard, Microsoft, Pfizer, the US Postal Service and other leading organizations.


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. 

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