The Changing Face of
Online Brand Protection
& the Impact of GDPR

Join MarkMonitor for keynotes, networking, and interactive customer panels. We will cover timely and highly discussed topics across the industry, with opportunities to share ideas and listen in on expert presentations. Stay tuned for the full agenda.

Confirmed Speakers

Mr. Forsythe is a corporate automotive professional with over 25 years experience in various roles in the automotive aftermarket and with the OEMs. Mr. Forsythe currently leads the Brand Protection Group for Nissan North America in Franklin, Tennessee.

Mr. Forsythe has been recognized as a Subject Matter Expert and industry leader in automotive brand protection by Forbes Magazine, and is a frequent speaker at training seminars, expositions, and brand protection meetings globally.

Mr. Forsythe’s previous responsibilities with Nissan include various roles in Aftersales, Warranty, and Fixed Operations. Previously Mr. Forsythe owned a successful automotive aftermarket parts distributorship, after serving as National Sales Manager for a major automotive aftermarket parts retailer.

In 2016 Andy Forsythe was selected by members of North American automotive manufacturers to be the inaugural President of the Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council, or A2C2, and unanimously reelected in 2017.

Mr. Forsythe is Tennessee native, a graduate of the University of Memphis, a former federal law enforcement officer, and is a US Navy veteran. He currently resides in Spring Hill, TN, USA.

For more than 15 years, Statton has provided companies with strategic business advice and guidance on Internet policy, domain name strategy, compliance, and brand protection. As former general counsel and officer of several public, private, and non-profit corporations in the Internet industry including Network Solutions, Enom, Rightside, NameJet, and, Statton has led teams that have developed tactics, policies, procedures, and industry best practices to tackle several forms of abusive online behavior including consumer fraud, dissemination of counterfeit goods, illegal pharmacies, and trademark infringement. Statton's knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for the domain name industry has made him a sought after consultant by members of the United States Congress and a popular featured speaker at NamesCon, ICANN, INTA, and other domain name, cybersecurity, and counterfeit industry conferences. Statton holds a BA in Government from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law.

Being active for about 10 years as a domain registrar in a company that specializes in managed hosting, Sebastiaan joined SIDN in 2015. The registry SIDN manages and delivers the .nl domain, but is also active in new areas of business: electronic ID’s and online security. As Key Accountmanager, he’s responsible for the performance of the whole channel of registrars, with focus on the largest registrars. He works close with his colleagues responsible for marketing, communications and business development. In the past years, he has intensively worked on aligning policies with respect to the GDPR, drop catching and abuse handling and business development for services aiming at online brand protection .

Charlie Abrahams joined MarkMonitor in 2007 to build the company’s regional presence and to lead its EMEA operations which have grown substantially since then. Charlie started his career with major technology providers IBM and Unisys, and has spent the last fourteen years managing the entry into Europe of privately owned US solutions companies, including Plumtree Software and Network General.

Since January 2014, Charlie has been responsible for MarkMonitor’s WorldWide Sales and supporting operations.

In recent years Charlie has become an industry spokesperson on the growing topic of online brand protection, especially the sale of counterfeit goods and internet fraud and has regularly spoken at conferences such as “eCrime” in London, “the Global Secure Summit” in Vienna, “Securing the Pharma Supply Chain”, Amsterdam as well as appearing on BBC Breakfast News and Channel 4 News on the subject of the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Charlie holds a degree in Economics and Sociology from Cambridge University.

Jonas Brüggemann is the Global Program Manager for Adobe´s Online Enhancement Program (OLE), which is focused on growing Adobe’s eCommerce business through the promotion of authorized online channels/partners - and the elimination of unauthorized/pirate sellers. This allows well-intentioned customers to be protected from these bad guys and their counterfeit software - which often contains malware and other security threats to our customers. This program has been heralded within Adobe for significantly contributing to a dramatic increase in Adobe’s online business, and is a prime example of Adobe’s strategy to focus on how their customers have been the victims of software piracy - versus the pirates themselves.

Timothy Tyre has over ten years of intellectual property experience with a focus on online marketplaces, customer interaction, and investigations. Timothy specializes in providing IP protection solutions by designing and implementing data collection and analysis platforms. His experience crosses several industries, including video games, publishing, and business software.

With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Management, including domain strategy development and implementation. Alison started her career in the domain industry with MarkMonitor as a Client Services Manager responsible for managing large complex domain portfolios for global brands. Alison is currently responsible for the overall go-to-market message for MarkMonitor’s domain business, is a member of ICANN's Business Constituency (BC), and continues to work face-to-face with many MarkMonitor clients, providing industry insight and domain protection strategies.

Terri has worked in the media and entertainment business for over 20 years, starting in the music business in the 1980’s working for K-Tel and independent record labels. In the early 1990’s Terri moved in the film and TV world, working for two major Studios; Sony Pictures and The Walt Disney Company, working on films such as Jerry Maguire, Men in Black, Bugs Life, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

As the entertainment industry evolved and shifted from package media to digital, Terri’s career also made that shift, and in 2003 Terri joined Macrovision, the first content protection vendor, working with all the major content owners across Film, TV, Games, and music.

In 2011 Terri joined MarkMonitor with a goal to grow the business in North America and then globally and take the AP sales team to the next level. Her team helps major content owners and trade associations across every media vertical with their antipiracy programs, ensuring each service is tailored to the client’s specific needs.

Terri’s ultimate goal is to ensure that her team develops long term relationships with their clients and that the Antipiracy team becomes a truly trusted partner.

To follow

Kate Anthony Wilkinson is a Solicitor and Head of Group Legal and Company Secretary for Mulberry, the English luxury leather goods manufacturer and retailer, famous for its iconic leather bags such as the Bayswater and Alexa bags, often seen on the arms of celebrities around the world.

Kate is based at Mulberry’s main manufacturing operation in the Somerset countryside. She is responsible for all legal facets of Mulberry’s global business, from commercial contracts to property; governance and compliance for the Board to legal advice on customer issues, as well as providing legal advice in relation to trademarks and counterfeits and being responsible for Mulberry’s brand protection. Mulberry has an established global presence which brings with it global legal issues and global brand protection requirements.

Previously to Mulberry, Kate was General Counsel for British Alcan Aluminium, a Canadian mining, metals and packing group and subsequently with Rio Tinto, and has been Legal Counsel for a number of packaging and metals companies. Prior to moving in-house, Kate was a corporate finance Solicitor with a national UK law firm. Kate is also prolific writer of articles and blog on a variety of legal and commercial matters for UK publications.

To follow

Giovanni Seppia is External Relations manager at EURid since the second half of 2007. In this functions, he looks after a team of 20 people of almost all European nationalities that is in charge of EURid relations with the European institutions, registrar relations, marketing and communication activities. He previously worked at ICANN as European Regional Liaison. Prior to that, he was General Manager at CENTR. He has also served as head of External Relations for the Italian Registry (ITT-CNR) for five years and has three years’ experience in various roles at the European Commission. He has been working as a consultant on EU programmes for several national and international organisations and served as EU programmes lecturer for ten editions of the Master on EU policies and programmes at the Venice International University.

Russell Byrne is Head of Digital at the EFL (English Football League) and is responsible for the iFollow product that allows EFL clubs to Live Stream their games into territories outside of the UK.

Magdalena is a Brand Protection Specialist at Lipsy and has 9 years of experience in the IP. Prior to Lipsy Magdalena was a Senior Client Services Manager in Global Market Insights team at Quintiles IMS.

Magdalena also worked at MarkMonitor between 2011-2016 as a Domain Client Services Manager and Brand Analyst. Prior to joining MarkMonitor Magdalena worked for SSL247 as an Account Manager handling SSL certificates and website compliance.

Mr. Mirza Asrar Baig is a serial entrepreneur and visionary business-builder who is the founder and CEO of CTM360, a Cyber Threat Management company (Bahrain), and IT Matrix, an Information Security company (Saudi Arabia). Mr. Mirza is a Computer Science graduate from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia). With a passion for GCC-based research and innovation, he has been serving the Information Security / Cybersecurity requirements of the GCC Financial Sector for over 20 years. During this time, he has also contributed to the region via numerous speaking events providing insight on current and emerging threats specific to GCC based organizations. In 2006, Mirza initiated the PCI compliance program for the Saudi Financial sector that eventually resulted with every acquirer in Saudi being PCI-certified by end of 2011. Furthermore, with his vision of a Cyber Threat Management center in GCC, he has initiated multiple R&D initiatives and regional collaboration efforts that have resulted in a spin-off, CTM360, based out of Bahrain.

His team has developed a very comprehensive Cyber Threat Management System that currently services 25 of the top 50 GCC banks. CTM360 manages in excess of 75,000+ unique cyber incidents. In addition to the banks, CTM360 also caters to: 3 of the largest Oil & Gas / Petrochemical producers, 2 Skytrax #1 rated “Five Star” Airlines, 2 of the region’s largest Sovereign Wealth Funds, leading healthcare clinics, retailers and conglomerates.

Martin Kuechenthal has an 18-year track record in the domain name industry, combining the perspectives of both a Registrar and a Registry. Today he serves in one role as an elected member on the executive board of DENIC eG, the managing organization of Germany’s ccTLD .de.

In his other role Martin Kuechenthal is the co-founder and CEO of LEMARIT GmbH, an ICANN accredited registrar, DENIC member company and specialist in digital brand protection. LEMARIT serves some of the world’s leading corporate brands and places a special emphasis on business domains along with digital brand building and management. LEMARIT also guides its customers through the process of applying for and maintaining their very own dotBRAND TLD.

Martin is deeply involved and well networked in the domain name space. He takes part in the policy development process within ICANN and shares his expertise at various industry events.

To Follow

Kevin Day joined MarkMonitor ten years ago to increase the company’s regional presence. Initially focused on building the partner program and applying his knowledge and skills to develop the region, Kevin then moved into running the Nordic, Netherlands and Emerging Market territories for MarkMonitor.

This year he will be focused on a small number of Strategic Accounts across Northern Europe.

Kevin has 22 years experience growing technology companies in different regions throughout Europe, Middle East, India and Africa in both a direct sales and channel capacity, including Opsware, webMethods and Candle.




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