The IGI Mission



We believe information can be a positive transformative force in the world – improving business, government, and the lives of people in all walks of life. But we also believe that these benefits are not automatic, and in fact will only be the result of sustained, proactive efforts to understand and manage information in a better way.

We believe that there is a need for like-minded people to come together and find this better way. A forum for ideas, facts, and techniques. An initiative that pushes the market forward and builds information literacy.

That's why we created the Information Governance Initiative – and why we want you to be a part of it.

Our Advisory Board is comprised of senior professionals who represent these facets of IG, and who can help to guide the IGI in research and peer-to-peer work in these areas.

We want to advance the practice of information governance, as we believe that IG is the best chance that organizations have to truly get their information under control and to maximize its value.


The Information Governance Initiative (IGI) is a think tank and community dedicated to advancing the adoption of Information Governance (IG) practices and technologies through research, events, advocacy and peer-to-peer networking. We are dedicated to the professionalization of IG and have called for the creation of a new kind of information leader called the Chief Information Governance Officer. Our State of Information Governance Report, Volume III has become an industry standard reference guide for organizations benchmarking and building their IG programs. The IGI Community is where thousands of practitioners from cybersecurity, IT, analytics, privacy, legal, records management and the other facets of IG come together and learn from each other. We produce hands-on educational workshops and executive roundtables each year. The IGI was founded by recognized leaders in the field of IG, and is supported by leading providers of IG products and services.



The IGI Advisory Board is a small group of senior professionals and subject matter experts representing the disciplines that together comprise Information Governance. The Advisory Board provides feedback and direction on the IGI's agenda and strategy. We are proud to launch the Advisory Board with an incredible group of talented individuals, and we will continue to add representatives from additional IG focus areas, ensuring that the IGI has a true cross-disciplinary focus on IG.


Managing Director, Data Science | BlackRock

Dr. Rachel Schutt is a Managing Director at BlackRock where she leads Data Science in collaboration with Dr. Sherry Marcus.

Previously Dr. Schutt was the Chief Data Scientist of News Corp where she oversaw the company-wide data strategy as an executive on the senior technology leadership team. There she established the company’s first data science team for Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, and other media brands. Rachel was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015, and is on the 2014 Crain's New York Business 40 under 40 list. She has expertise in the areas of corporate data strategy and data science, as well as in data science education and higher education curriculum design.

\Prior to her role at News Corp, Dr. Schutt was a statistician at Google Research in the machine learning and statistics group, where she helped build user-facing products by prototyping algorithms and creating models to understand user behavior. She holds patents based on her work in the areas of social networks, large data sets, experimental design and machine learning. \

She is the co-author (with Dr. Cathy O'Neil) of "Doing Data Science"(O’Reilly, 2013), a book that helped to crystallize the emerging field of Data Science. This was based on the "Introduction to Data Science" class she created and taught at Columbia University in 2012, where she was an adjunct professor. She is a founding member of the Education Committee for the Data Science Institute at Columbia. She is on the Advisory board of the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at Harvard University

She earned her PhD in Statistics from Columbia University, and holds Masters degrees in Mathematics from NYU and Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University. Her undergraduate degree is in Honors Mathematics from the University of Michigan.


Chief Data Analytics Officer | Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Aaron Crews is Chief Data Analytics Officer at Littler Mendelson. Aaron is an an award-winning trial lawyer, technologist, and "servant leadership" focused executive responsible for reimagining how the world’s largest labor and employment firm can deliver services and value to clients. Prior to this role, Aaron was Walmart’s Senior Associate General Counsel and Global Head of eDiscovery responsible for Walmart’s eDiscovery process and strategy globally, an expert in "big data" and analytics, and a member of the "core team" responsible for development and implementation of the company's information governance strategies and programs. Aaron is a frequent speaker on legal technology topics, is widely published in the eDiscovery, computer forensics, and information governance spaces, and currently sits on the boards of several organizations dedicated to thought leadership in spaces related to eDiscovery, information governance, data privacy and data security, forensics, and technology.


CEO | Source Callé LLC

Craig Callé is a Data Advocate. He runs Source Callé LLC, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm that helps organizations mitigate risk and create value by treating Data as the critical asset. Boards of Directors, as well as CFOs, CIOs, GCs, and their teams, turn to them to prevent, detect and remediate cybersecurity incidences, unlock the value of their data, and create comprehensive information governance programs. They have a special focus on the large, growing, and remarkably under-addressed attack surfaces that originate from employee use of cloud-based services and third party vendors with network access.

Most recently, he was SHI International Corp’s Chief Strategy Officer and also was responsible for all pre-sales support, partner management and service delivery functions, including its IT Asset Management Group. SHI is one of the largest IT solutions providers, with 2014 revenue of $6.0 billion.

He has been the CFO at responsible for Digital Media, including Kindle and, and the North American Books e-commerce businesses. He also was divisional CFO and Treasurer at Gateway, helping to lead the turnaround and sale of the company to Acer. As SVP-Finance and Treasurer at Crown Cork & Seal, he helped transform the company into the global consumer packaging industry leader. He began his career as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, where he completed numerous transactions for Fortune 500 and emerging companies.

He holds BA and BS Econ (Wharton) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University.


Chief Research Analyst | IT-Harvest

Richard Stiennon is Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest, the firm he founded in 2005 to cover the booming IT security industry. He is the author of Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010) and UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence (IT-Harvest Press, 2012). He writes the Cyber Domain column for and is frequently quoted as a cyber security expert in mainstream media. He advises his clients on cybersecurity strategy.  He is also the Executive Editor of and the Senior Fellow at the International Cybersecurity Dialogue. He was Chief Marketing Officer for Fortinet, Inc. and VP Threat Research at Webroot Software. Prior to that he was VP Research at Gartner, Inc. Stiennon has presented on cyber security threats and defenses in 28 countries on six continents. He is known for his iconoclastic analysis of the security industry and always challenges his audience to question accepted practices in the face of changing cyber threats.  He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and is writing his thesis for an MA in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London. “Information Governance is closely coupled to the ideas and practices of IT security,” said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT-Harvest and IGI Advisory Board member. “In a world of rising threats against data of all types, it is important that an organization's information governance plan is integrated with its security practices.”


Director, Records & Information Governance | White & Case LLP

Leigh Isaacs, IGP, CIP is the Director of Records & Information Governance at White & Case LLP. Her expertise includes strategic development and implementation of enterprise records and information governance programs, process improvements, matter lifecycle management, risk mitigation, vendor management, evaluation and deployment of technology solutions. An active member of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), Leigh currently serves on the Program Planning Council. She is also a founding Steering Committee member for the Law Firm Information Governance Symposium, serves on the Advisory Board for the Information Governance Initiative and has served in leadership roles for ARMA. She is a published author, speaker and instructor on issues relating to information governance.

Arlette Walls, Information and Compliance Manager, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research


Information and Compliance Manager | Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Arlette serves on the Advisory Board as the current Chair of the Pharmaceutical Records and Information Management Organization (PRIMO), a consortium of pharmaceutical companies committed to establishing effective, legally compliant, quality-driven information management programs through collaborative industry exchanges of best practices. She is a certified Information Governance Professional.

An Information & Compliance Manager at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Emeryville, CA, she has 13 years of experience in records management and information governance-related functions, including regulatory affairs, archiving, compliance, and information security/risk management.  Her role relies on collaborations across sites and functions, and a good comprehension of archiving principles, records analysis, legal holds, privacy laws, compliance, business continuity, and IT solutions.

PRIMO offers a tremendous value through the development of best practices and solutions, and the promotion of safe information exchange in a peer-group environment.  PRIMO members are continuously working together to produce outstanding deliverables.   Her personal aspirations as Chair are to ensure PRIMO’s deliverables stay current and relevant, to optimize PRIMO’s value for its members by focusing on issues that have the most impact, and to guide its engagement with interested stakeholders and organizations of similar mission, such as IGI.



Three years ago, the founders of the IGI sat down together in a conference room in Washington, D.C and quickly realized they shared a vision for a consortium and think tank devoted to advancing Information Governance. Each had seen the incredible value that better information governance could create for their clients, but had also witnessed the consequences of information failure first-hand. Without a way for IG practitioners to share their experience across disciplines, it seemed unlikely that the promise of information governance would be fulfilled. Today, thanks to the support of like-minded individuals and organizations, this vision has been realized.


Founder and Executive Director 

Barclay T. Blair is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, software and hardware vendors, and government institutions, and is an author, speaker, and internationally recognized authority on information governance. Barclay has led several high-profile consulting engagements at the world’s leading institutions to help them globally transform the way they manage information. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Information Governance Initiative and president of consulting firm ViaLumina. Barclay is the award-winning author of the books Information Nation: Seven Keys to Information Management Compliance; Information Nation Warrior; and Privacy Nation. Barclay has written and edited dozens of publications, speaks internationally on information management compliance issues, and has taught at George Washington University. Barclay is currently writing Information Governance for Dummies.

Barclay's popular Information Governance blog is available here.


Founder and Chair

Bennett B. Borden  is a globally recognized authority on the legal, technological and policy implications of information. Bennett has focused his career on helping clients use the power of information governance to drive strategic outcomes, reduce e-discovery costs, and improve business operations.

Beginning with his work in the intelligence community, and continuing to his current positions as Chief Data Scientist and Chair of Information Governance at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Founder & Chair of the Information Governance Initiative, and Executive Managing Director of Tritura IG LLC, Bennett understands that electronic information is a reflection of human thought, choice and conduct. Properly leveraged and protected, information can be a powerful force in achieving business, governmental and societal objectives. Harnessing this force and harvesting the benefits of its application is what drives Bennett's work.

As Chief Data Scientist at DBR, Bennett is responsible for the firm’s data analytics strategy. Harnessing the power of data is essential for DBR’s clients for both driving value in their business operations and to tell their side of the story in litigation. Bennett advises DBR and its clients on the development and use of analytics models that enable insight, data storytelling, and economic value generation. Bennett’s ground-breaking research into the use of machine-based learning and unstructured data for organizational insight is now being put to work in data-driven early warning systems for detecting and preventing corporate fraud and other misconduct at DBR clients. As one of the world’s first lawyer/data scientists, Bennett also builds machine-based learning models to transform and improve legal outcomes in key corporate events including mergers and acquisitions, information governance program development and enforcement, litigation and investigations, and business intelligence.

Bennett is Chair of the Cloud Computing Committee and Vice Chair of the eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the Science and Technology Law Section of the ABA. He is also a founding member of the steering committee for the Electronic Discovery Section of the District of Columbia Bar, an Information Governance drafting group member of The Sedona Conference, an Advisory Committee Member for the Georgetown Paralegal Studies Program and a Board Member for the D.C. Chapter of ARMA. He is a frequent speaker and author and a guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Virginia Law School, Temple University Law School, and the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

In addition to conducting both offensive and defensive electronic discovery in complex litigation, Bennett has extensive experience counseling clients on the establishment of information governance and records management policies. He regularly advises multinational clients regarding data privacy, security, and regulatory compliance.



Jason R. Baron serves as Of Counsel in Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice. An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. In those roles, Jason helped drive the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and defended the government’s interests in complex federal court litigation, including as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email. Jason was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context, and served as track coordinator for the first four years of the track (2006-2009). He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in e-discovery. Since 2007, past DESI workshops have been held in Palo Alto, London, Barcelona, Pittsburgh, Rome, and San Diego, with a related workshop held in Beijing. Jason has served as a steering committee co-chair of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production) and as an editor in chief on three Sedona commentaries. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of ARMA International.  He is currently Chair  of the D.C. Bar E-discovery & Information Governance Committee  and is also a member of  the Georgetown Advanced E-discovery Institute Advisory Board and the Cardozo Data Law Initiative Board. Among his many honors, he is the 2011 recipient of the international Emmett Leahy award, given for his achievements in the field of information management, and the 2013 recipient of the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer award, given by the Federal Bar Association. You can learn more about Jason here.


General Counsel

Jay Brudz is a partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in their Litigation Group and co-chair of the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group. He is also an executive managing director of the firm’s eDiscovery subsidiary,Tritura Information Governance LLC, which provides state of the art eDiscovery technology and services to the firm's clients and General Counsel of the Information Governance Initiative.

Jay’s experience includes building and managing world class eDiscovery operations, internal compliance and FCPA investigations, and developing enterprise-level information governance best practices.

Jay previously served in several roles focusing on the intersection of applied technology and law, including as Senior Counsel for Legal Technology at General Electric where he created and led their corporate eDiscovery center supporting over 1,200 attorneys. In this role he was also responsible for all corporate technology initiatives within GE’s legal operation, including the successful implementation of legal hold, e-billing, insider trading compliance, intranet and patent docketing systems.

Jay also previously served as President and Senior Forensic Consultant of Verabit, where he conducted computer forensic investigations and provided expert consultation and testimony in cases ranging from employee misappropriation of trade secrets to FCPA investigations. Prior to that, he was a system architect and lead developer for a database backed Web-based development company specializing in creating customized systems for corporate legal operations. Jay is an accomplished Java, PHP, VisualBasic and PL-SQL programmer, and he has experience with many other technologies.

Jay has also served as Litigation and Transactions counsel for GE Industrial Systems, where he managed a diverse portfolio of cases and M&A transactions for a $4.5 billion division of General Electric.

Jay is a skilled and frequent speaker at legal industry events on the topics of legal technology and eDiscovery. His work has been published in several publications, including eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel, Storage Magazine and Connecticut Law Review.

Jay has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven where he taught courses on Network Security and Computer Crime. He earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. You can learn more about Jay here.