Bill Conner

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      Lindsey Jones
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:President and CEO
    • Organization:Entrust, Inc.
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    My Expertise

      Summary of expertise:
      Conner is a leader in the push to elevate information security to a corporate governance issue and fashion a public-private partnership to protect America's critical infrastructure. He launched and co-chaired the Business Software Alliance Information Security Governance Task Force, which released an informative security management framework for the industry. He was a driving force behind the EastWest Institute Worldwide Security Forum, which hosts an international dialogue on security innovation and thought leadership within the industry.

      Before Conner joined Entrust, he held various senior executive positions at Nortel Networks, including president of Nortel Enterprise Networks and e-Business Solutions, where he successfully turned around the global $5 billion business. Conner also served as president of Nortel's first Enterprise Data Networks line of business, where he orchestrated Nortel's $9 billion acquisition of Bay Networks.
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      Books/articles published:
      Conner co-chaired the Corporate Governance Task Force of the National Cyber Security Partnership, which released its report "Information Security Governance: A Call to Action, "Viewpoint: U.K. Breach a Precautionary Tale for U.S.", American Banker, "Protect Data Now", USA Today
      Conner served as Nortel Networks' first chief marketing officer and spearheaded the integration and alignment of the corporation's strategic communications, branding and marketing, including its global "Come Together" and "What Do You Want The Internet To Be?" marketing campaigns. This work had a dramatic increase in brand recognition and business results. He was named "Marketer of the Year" in 2000.
      Educational background:
      Conner graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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