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As Chief Privacy Officer, JoAnne Breese-Jaeck is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of Northwestern Mutual’s privacy program. She and her team cultivate trusted partnerships across the enterprise, seeking foster consumer trust and ensure regulatory compliance while providing foundational capabilities for unlocking the value of data.  JoAnne is the former chair and current member of the ACLI Privacy Committee and is passionate about all things privacy.

Before taking the role of Chief Privacy Officer, JoAnne was an Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in the Northwestern Mutual Law Department.  While there, JoAnne led the technology law practice and helped advance the company’s strategic vision by combining a deep understanding of privacy and cybersecurity laws with actionable legal advice.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, JoAnne was a shareholder with the law firm of Hostak, Henzl & Bichler, S.C.  There, she specialized in litigation and appellate advocacy, working extensively with businesses, insurers and individuals.  JoAnne was a trusted advisor, advocating for her clients’ interests at all stages of litigation.

JoAnne resides in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, with her husband, Greg.  She and her husband have three adult children. JoAnne enjoys travel, cooking, golf and spending time with family.


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