Royal Hansen is Vice President of Privacy, Safety and Security Engineering at Google, where he is responsible for driving overall information security strategy for the company’s technical infrastructure which serves billions of end-user consumers and enterprise customers. Prior to joining Google, Mr Hansen was the Executive Vice President of Enterprise IT Risk and Information Security at American Express, responsible for solutions protecting the security and integrity of the company’s technology systems and the customer, business and employee information they processed. Before American Express, Royal served as Managing Director, Technology Risk and Global Head of Application Security, Data Risk and Business Continuity Planning at Goldman Sachs. Royal was also previously at Morgan Stanley and Fidelity Investments, where he managed Enterprise IT Risk, Application Security and Disaster Recovery.
Mr Hansen began his career as a software developer for Sapient before building a cyber-security practice in the financial services industry at @stake, which was acquired by Symantec.
Mr Hansen holds a BA in Computer Science from Yale University. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in information sciences and Arabic language study, which he completed at the United Arab Emirates University.
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