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Christian J. Ward, CEO

Christian J. Ward is the co-founder of DataSmart Consulting LLC.

With a background in creating and leading information and data companies, his focus is to help other businesses leverage their internal and external data as part of their overall business strategy. He has developed and executed hundreds of data partnerships around the world, from the small entrepreneurial firm to the world’s largest data companies.

Prior to founding DataSmart, Christian was the EVP of Partnerships at Yext, Chief Data Officer at Infogroup, Global Head of Content Innovation at Thomson Reuters, and a Managing Director and Director of Research for The Bank of New York. Additionally, Christian has founded two different data companies, one in financial research and the other in media analytics.

Christian holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and lives at the Jersey Shore with his wife and three children.

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James J. Ward, GC, CIPP/E, CIPP/US
also Managing Partner, Ward PLLC

Jay Ward is the co-founder of DataSmart Consulting LLC.

Jay is an attorney and data security consultant. He provides his clients with counsel and advice on how to integrate intelligent, forward-looking policies and practices about data security into their daily operations — in other words, how to be “DataSmart”. He also draws upon years of experience as a litigator in high-stakes disputes to provide insight into avoiding liability, and to zealously advocate for his clients when needed. He is the host of “DataSmart,” a podcast on data security and strategy, and is frequently quoted in publications around the country, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the International Business Times.

Jay holds certifications in both European and United States Data Security and Privacy Law (CIPP/E and CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the only ISO/ANSI accredited body for data security and privacy.

His law practice, Ward PLLC, provides clients with data security planning, GDPR compliance services, legal counsel on data management and compliance issues, and handles litigation arising from or related to data breaches.

Prior to forming DataSmart Consulting, Jay was a litigator at elite international law firms in New York and Miami. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Northwestern University.

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