Throughout 18+ years of progressive management success, W. Mark Brooks has gained a reputation as a leader in the emerging field of global information risk, security, and compliance.  He brings to the table a rare breadth of experience that encompasses managing governance, systems, staff, budgets, and operations in diverse areas of business.

Mark enjoyed a long and successful tenure with Eli Lilly & Company, a $20 billion international leader in the pharmaceutical industry that has spanned a broad range of IT and business areas progressing from hands-on systems analysis to Director, Enterprise Information Risk and Compliance.  As a rising expert in the field, he was selected to spearhead the strategic direction and manage the global information compliance, risk, privacy, and security division in IT.  He was the leader and driving force behind several best-in-class, award-winning programs, management models, and enterprise governance frameworks.  He was also selected as Lilly’s first-ever IT Compliance Champion and IT Privacy Officer and served as the Global Lilly IT leader on numerous business initiatives and senior governance bodies.  While serving as Director, Information Technology, Toxicology, he successfully led IT efforts in response to Lilly’s first and only targeted FDA IT audit.  His leadership efforts have substantially improved the overall state of IT compliance and control in support of Lilly’s business goals.

Mark has demonstrated success spanning multiple business disciplines, in addition to the information risk domain.  He received multiple performance-based promotions at Eli Lilly and Company in Human Resources, Application Development and Support, and Corporate Infrastructure Services.

Prior to his 18-year tenure with Eli Lilly, Mark enjoyed success as a U.S. Army Officer in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) .  While in the Army, he held management authority with budgets as high as $20 million annually, 60 direct reports, and was responsible for wartime readiness operations in support of the 20,000-member 101st Airborne Division.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ball State University, post-graduate training in DOD systems engineering, and numerous industry-leading certifications including Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and Certified Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

He provides industry leadership as a member of several organizations including Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professionals, International Association of Privacy Professionals, International Systems and Accounting Controls Association, and The Information Risk Executive Council.

Mark has had the privilege of being exposed to a wide variety of cultures and peoples around the world.  Having traveled and lived abroad, he now currently resides with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.