Markus Gierschmann

“The particular attraction of project work lies in interdisciplinary collaboration: developing a common understanding, enhancing each other’s strengths, as well as profiting from different methods and know-how. In this regard, I often act as a bridge-builder between the individual disciplines.”


  • Engineer in Economics
  • Financial Economist (EBS)
  • Qualified Bank Officer
  • Certified Data Protection Auditor (TÜV)
  • Certified Data Protection Officer (udis, TÜV)


  • Formation of the management consultancy atprivacy consulting in 2015, 2019 name change to Gierschmann Consulting
  • Active for over 20 years as a management consultant:
    • 13 years at international management consultancies, last position as partner at Lodestone Management Consultants (now Infosys), Zurich/Munich, prior to that Managing Consultant at IBM Business Consulting, Zurich and Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consultancy, Hamburg. Consulting to international companies in the area of process harmonization and systems implementation
    • Seven years as an independent consultant in the area of data protection with a focus on data protection management, data protection management systems, and data protection compliance


  • As a DIN expert, involved in the development of ISO standards, e.g. ISO/IEC 27701 for extension of an ISMS as per ISO 27001 and ISO 27002 for data protection management
  • Publishing activity: includes co-editor and author of Kranig/Sachs/Gierschmann: Datenschutz-Compliance nach der DS-GVO (Data Protection Compliance according to GDPR), co-author in: Gierschmann/Schlender/Stentzel/Veil, Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (GDPR) for Articles 35-36 (Data Protection Impact Assessment), 2nd Ed. (in process), author of ‘Datenschutz-Compliance mit System’ (Systematic Data Protection Compliance), comply 1/2018, ‘Datenschutz-Managementsysteme’ (Data Protection Management Systems), comply 2/2019
  • Lectures and seminars at events and congresses, particularly on data protection compliance and data protection management systems


  • DIN e.V.
  • Berufsverband der Datenschutzbeauftragten Deutschlands (BvD) e.V. (Professional Association of Data Protection Officers)
  • Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (GDD) e.V. (German Association for Data Protection and Data Security)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Contact person

Markus Gierschmann