Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, former CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Director joins Cross Match

January 16, 2013 - 

Cross Match Technologies, Inc. has announced that Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, a founding member of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), has joined the company as vice president of business development – Americas.

Prior to Cross Match, Nelson served as a senior fellow and director of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) public policy research institution. Nelson led policy analysis on a variety of critical national and homeland security issues at CSIS and established his presence as a though-leader on identity management and informational sharing policy and strategy.

“We are pleased to have Ozzie on the team,” Glenn Hickok, senior vice president and general manager, sales said. “He brings a deep appreciation and understanding for the role biometrics plays in the defense, intelligence, and law enforcement communities.”

Nelson also had a career in the U.S. Navy, where he served in a range of senior policy and operational capacities. Previous assignments have included the National Security Council staff at the White House, Navy legislative fellow for Senator Edward Kennedy and as counterterrorism leader in Deep Blue, the Navy’s operational think tank created after 9/11.

While assigned to Deep Blue, Nelson led efforts to integrate biometric and identity management capabilities into deployed naval units and across U.S. government interagency partners, including law enforcement and intelligence.

As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Cross Match recently announced the release of two new versions of its Mobile Essentials development kit that integrates its Verifier Mw wireless handheld fingerprint scanner with Android and Blackberry smartphones.

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