The Government has appointed Helen Dixon as the new Data Protection Commissioner.
She has been Registrar of Companies since 2009. She previously worked in senior roles at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and before that worked at two US multinationals that had their Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) bases in Ireland, the Government said in a statement.
She takes over from Billy Hawkes, who is retiring.
The job has huge reach because of Ireland's role policing privacy protection and data security at companies based here - including the European arms of Facebook, Apple and Google. As many as a billion people in Europe, Africa and the Middle East may have personal data held by companies here.
They have the right to rely on the Irish commissioner to regulate those companies.
The appointment of Helen Dixon creates a new vacancy at the Companies Registration Office for the role of Registrar.