SEATTLE, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) today announced the election of Sal Tripi, assistant vice president digital operations and compliance, Publishers Clearing House as its 2012-2013 Chairman of the Board, effective September 1. Tripi succeeds TrustSphere CEO Manish Goel, who served as Chairman since 2009 and who will continue to support OTA's mission of advocating best practices of online privacy and security in his new role as Vice Chairman. The OTA board plans to expand OTA's scope and impact worldwide; Tripi and Goel's first action will be to kick off and co-host the 2012 Online Trust Forum in San Jose, October 1-3, joining over 50 speakers and luminaries committed to consumer protection and the vitality of online commerce.
As Chairman, Tripi will oversee the Board and provide strategic direction to Executive Director and President Craig Spiezle, fulfilling OTA's mission to educate and enable the ecosystem enhancing online trust, data protection, privacy and innovation. Toward these goals, OTA supports a multi-stakeholder approach and commitment to shared responsibilities including meaningful and accountable self-regulation. OTA is focused on several initiatives including: securing the integrity of the advertising supply chain, email and domain security, data protection & breach readiness planning, the annual Online Trust Honor & Trust Index benchmark reports, and programming & education.
"Consumer trust and data protection need to remain top of mind for every organization with an online presence," said Sal Tripi. "OTA has committed to working with online businesses to offer guidance, support, knowledge and resources to help address these critical issues and I am proud and honored to be elected to help continue this good work."
"Our vision since the inception of the Online Trust Alliance has been to work towards a better Internet ecosystem in which companies and consumers can exchange goods and services with their privacy and security protected," said Craig Spiezle, executive director and president, Online Trust Alliance. "OTA is grateful to Manish for his service and celebrate all the firsts OTA has had under his tenure - including developing the Online Trust Honor Roll and Trust Index, Multi-stakeholder Botnet Taskforce, 'Why your browser matters' initiatives and Data Protection & Breach Readiness Resource Guide. In addition, as part of OTA's commitment to education and enabling the ecosystem, OTA developed the first ever Email Authentication & DMARC Curriculum, including a trainer certification program leading to being awarded contracts to deliver training to the Dept. of Homeland Security and leading Federal Agencies. We are very pleased that the momentum will be continued by Sal, who has played such a critical role as a board member."
At the 2012 Online Trust Forum, Tripi will participate as a speaker in key sessions, including 'Best Practices in Interactive Marketing to Build Trust,' 'Self-Regulation: Past, Present, and Future' and others. More information about the 2012 Online Trust Forum, including information on early bird registration discounts, can be found at: https://otalliance.org/Forum.html.
Sal Tripi, Asst. V.P., Digital Operations & Compliance, Publishers Clearing House
Chairman, OTA Board of Directors
Mr. Tripi is the assistant vice president, digital operations & compliance, for Publishers Clearing House (PCH), the United States' largest and best-known sweepstakes company. 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.
About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, while promoting innovation and the vitality of the internet. OTA's goal is to educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance users' security, privacy and transparency on the use of their data. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. For more information, visit: https://otalliance.org.
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