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WhatsApp Privacy Lead Joins Ethyca In Mission To Build A More Respectful Internet

Ethyca appoints Mala Ramakrishnan as VP of Product to lead product teams for Fides, the world’s first Privacy Engineering Platform. Mala will play a key role in Ethyca’s mission to build a more respectful internet, with privacy as a default feature of every tech stack.

New York – August 5, 2022: Ethyca, the developer-centric privacy engineering platform, today announced it has hired Mala Ramakrishnan, former product executive and privacy lead for Whatsapp at Meta, as its VP of Product. 

At WhatsApp, Mala built the privacy program from the ground up and operationalized it by delivering large-scale cross-functional initiatives to ensure regulatory compliance across a complex and highly evolving compliance landscape for a multi-faceted product roadmap.

Mala will now play a key role in Ethyca’s mission to build a more respectful internet, with privacy as a default feature of every tech stack. As VP of Product, she will own Ethyca’s roadmap and lead the product teams for Fides, Ethyca’s privacy engineering platform.

“Privacy is a baseline requirement for any digital infrastructure and is incredibly difficult to execute upon, considering the huge chasm between regulatory, legal, and technology teams resulting in the biggest blow to consumers,” she says. 

“Cillian and the team at Ethyca are taking this pain out of the equation, redefining privacy as a foundational requirement for software development by delivering a reliable, open-source trust infrastructure. This is why I joined Ethyca. I believe wholeheartedly that building trust in data-driven systems is a vital mission that will transform digital products, and ensure companies are honest in their data management practices.”

Mala comes to Ethyca with more than 20 years of experience in product management, marketing, and software development in organizations of varied sizes. She has held a number of positions in enterprise software companies like Automation Anywhere, Cloudera, and Veeva, before her most recent role at Meta.

“We set out to find a Product Leader who understands the importance of Privacy-as-Code, allowing frontline software engineers and legal teams to tackle data governance holistically, powerfully, together.” said Cillian Kieran, Founder and CEO of Ethyca. “Mala is a proven leader who shares our vision and will help our product continue to develop in the coming years to make true Privacy by Design available to all through a privacy engineering approach. We’re delighted to welcome her to the team.”

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