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Appointment of new Data Protection Commissioner


The Government today, 10 September 2014, approved the appointment of Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner.

Ms Dixon brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, both in the public and private sectors.

She was appointed Registrar of Companies in December 2009 having previously held senior  management  positions  in  the  Department  of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. She served an 11 year career in two US IT  multinationals  that  had  their  EMEA bases in Ireland. Ms Dixon holds an honours  undergraduate  degree  in  Applied  Languages (French / German), a Masters  in European Economic and Public Affairs, a postgraduate diploma in Computer  Science  and  more  recently a Masters in Governance from Queen's University  Belfast. She was appointed an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 2014.

Ms Dixon will take up her appointment over the coming weeks. She succeeds Mr Billy Hawkes who retired recently.