On September 21, 2011, the board of the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) elected Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin as its new Chair, following Alex Türk’s resignation which he officially tendered at the board meeting.

Ms. Falque-Pierrotin is a graduate of the National School of Administration (l’École Nationale d’Administration) and the Paris School of Business Management (l‘École des Hautes Études Commerciales).  She has been a member of the French State Council (Conseil d’État) since 1986, and State Counselor (Conseiller d’État) since 2001.  She also served as Deputy Chair of the French Ministry of Culture from 1993 to 1995, as Chair of the inter-ministry commission on Internet affairs in 1996, and as an expert on the development of international cooperation on the Internet for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 1998.  From 2001 to 2010, she was Chair of the French Internet Rights Forum (Forum des Droits sur l’Internet), a private body supported by the French government to address concerns about online activities.

Ms. Falque-Pierrotin has been a member of the CNIL since 2004, and has been Deputy Chair since February 2009.