Katherine (Katie) Licup is Chief Privacy Officer and director of Discover Financial Services’ global privacy program, where she leads a team of consummate privacy professionals who monitor Discover’s compliance with privacy and consumer contact laws and ensure that Discover treats the personal information of its employees and consumers with the highest levels of integrity and respect. Prior to her current role, she was in-house regulatory and privacy counsel at Discover. She started her legal career as a litigator at Foley and Lardner LLP.

Katie served in the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. She was part of the commissioning crew on USS Higgins (DDG-76), where she was Strike Officer and led a division that operated and maintained the ship’s cruise missile and gunnery fire control systems. She then became assistant public affairs officer at the Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California, followed by her final active-duty tour as deputy public affairs officer of Navy Office of Information Midwest. She drilled as an active duty reservist for three years.

Katie recently completed a term as co-chair of Discover’s women’s employee resource group, where she was responsible for talent and development programming. She currently serves as president of the Navy NROTC Scholarship Fund, a non-profit that awards scholarships to midshipmen at Northwestern University and Loyola University. She is a former president of the Chicago Council of the Navy League and Saint Edmund parish pastoral council in Oak Park.

Katie received her law degree magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, which she attended in the evening while on active duty. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism and Navy commission from Northwestern University.

Katie was raised in Wisconsin Dells. She lives in Highland Park with her husband, Albert, and her son, Mark, age 7.