Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Internationally recognized as a corporate data privacy and cybersecurity pioneer, Harriet Pearson brings to her practice decades of leading-edge experience advising companies and boards on cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management, global data privacy compliance, and public policy strategies.
Harriet joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where among other roles she served as Vice President Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (IBM’s first, and one of industry’s first and longest-serving, chief privacy officers) from 2000-12.
The Financial Times recognized Harriet as North America Legal Innovator of the Year, Lawdragon named her as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America," and the National Law Journal recognized her as a Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer.
Harriet co-founded and co-chaired the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute from 2012 to 2018 and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Future of Privacy Forum and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She helped found and served for a decade on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an organization that recognized her longstanding leadership in the privacy field by awarding her its Vanguard Award.
She graduated from the UCLA School of Law and holds an engineering undergraduate degree from Princeton University.