The co-founder of a network that empowers women across the UK working in corporate data privacy to realise their potential and break the glass ceiling has been named Champion for Women, in the 19th Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement. Vivienne Artz, a Managing Director and Head of International for Intellectual Property Law at Citi, is co-founder of Women Leading Privacy (since absorbed into the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)) – a network relevant to the growing demand for chief data privacy officers.
Vivienne is an accomplished, principled and enthusiastic champion of women not only through thought and voice, but also through action and active sponsorship of a number of significant initiatives. Vivienne has a number of “firsts”, including setting up and chairing the Legal & Compliance Women’s Group at Citi, co-founding Women Leading Privacy in the UK (an external and cross-sectoral network), and initiating and chairing the first EMEA Legal Diversity Committee, with a specific focus on gender. As co-chair of the Citi Women Diversity Network for two years (now on the Steering Committee), Vivienne oversaw the transformation of the network in several ways, with membership increasing by 50%. She is Chair of the Data Protection Working Group for the Association of Financial Markets in Europe and Chair of the Data Working Group for the International Regulatory Strategy Group.
In collaboration with Citi Research, Vivienne organised a launch event for the Citi Global Report on “Women in the Economy: Global Growth Generators” in 2014 with Citi’s clients and in conjunction with Pembroke College, Oxford University alumnae. The report demonstrates that women are essential to generating growth in the global economy. Vivienne generously shares her time and experience as a mentor within and outside of Citi with a large number of women (Women on the Wharf, Woman in Finance, Coaching for Success). Being seen as a successful role model for women in banking and finance enables Vivienne to demonstrate the qualities that the younger generations can aspire to. For example, one of her mentees writes: “As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, she creates a working environment in which difference is celebrated and people from all backgrounds can succeed and flourish.”