Meredith R. Harper

Prior to her role as CISO at Synchrony, Meredith joined Eli Lilly & Company in August 2018 as their Deputy Chief Information Security Officer. As of April 2019, she transitioned to the Chief Information Security Officer role for Lilly’s global information security program.

Over her 25-year career, she has emerged as a strategic leader who is not only interested in processes, goals, and objectives. Most of all, she is passionate about the greatest assets of human capital. Her success is attributed to her ability to manage large-scale complex projects that cross functional areas within integrated delivery systems and health plans while advancing the skill sets of her team members.

Meredith recently transitioned from Henry Ford Health System, where she served as their Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer for nearly 16 years. She had leadership responsibility for Information & Network Security Services, Information Privacy Services, Privacy & Security Risk Management Services, and Identity & Access Management Services. As Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer, she was responsible for protecting Henry Ford’s provider, insurance, retail, and research businesses. Her sensitivity to the operational needs of these various businesses helps her guide the objectives of her team to ensure that the operations are successfully married with the technology or regulatory requirements.

Meredith is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has demonstrated her commitment to compliance by holding dual certifications in healthcare compliance and privacy. She is also certified as a HealthCare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner through the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc., and a Certified Information Security Manager through the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Meredith is passionate about empowering women and minorities to embark upon careers in technology, especially in information security, where those populations are not well represented. She serves on several advisory boards in support of that passion, and she has a unique perspective she enjoys sharing with others. She has also served her community for 27 years through her Diamond Life membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Meredith is a proud alumna of the University of Detroit Mercy, where she received her Master’s in Health Services Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. She is also a proud alumna of Loyola Chicago School of Law, where she received her Master’s of Jurisprudence in Health Law.

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