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Neiman Marcus Loses its First-Ever Chief Information Security Officer

Sarah Hendrickson was appointed to lead cybersecurity efforts for the retailer after it suffered a data breach affecting customers nationwide.

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus has lost its first-ever cybersecurity executive. (Image via Dfwcre8tive)

A little more than two and a half years after Neiman Marcus hired its first chief information security officer, the cybersecurity lead has left the company.

A Neiman Marcus spokesperson confirmed that CISO Sarah Hendrickson no longer works at the company. Hendrickson’s LinkedIn page shows that she exited the company in June and now serves as senior vice president of compliance for a company called S3.

Neiman Marcus is working with a recruiter to fill the position, a spokesperson said. Sarah Miller, senior vice president and chief information officer, is overseeing Hendrickson’s duties until a replacement is found. The company did not offer details regarding Hendrickson’s departure.

Hendrickson joined Neiman Marcus on Nov. 3, 2014, about 10 months after the Dallas-based retailer suffered a data breach affecting an estimated 350,000 customers. That breach cost Neiman’s $1.6 million in settlement fees in March. Four months after the breach was reported, the retailer posted the job opening and hired Hendrickson. Hendrickson reported to Miller who was promoted to the C-suite last October.

Prior to joining Neiman Marcus, Hendrickson worked for Plano-based GuideIT as a contracted CISO for Children’s Health, then called Children’s Medical Center. She also served as CISO of Plano-based software company Accelion Inc., compliance officer for Dell’s healthcare security operation in Plano, and senior manager of Plano-based J.C. Penney’s IT Risk and Security department, according to her LinkedIn.


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