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Zwipe appoints Pierre Girod to lead certification efforts


Zwipe has appointed Pierre Girod as Head of Certification. Girod will lead the company’s certification efforts, serving as Zwipe’s primary liaison with the payment networks. He will also be responsible for other payment industry affiliated specification bodies such as EMVCo and the FIDO Alliance.

Prior to joining the Norwegian biometrics technology firm, Girod led card and terminal testing and certification efforts at Mastercard for more than ten years. He served as Head of Labs Accreditation, served on the EMVCo Terminal Approval Working Group and was a key contributor in Terminal Quality Management (TQM) and Card Quality Management (CQM) processes. His background includes both senior and advisory postings with many corporations including Gemalto and Sopra Steria.

According to the appointment announcement, Zwipe and its partners are entering into the phase where dual-interface biometric payment cards can be certified based on payment networks specifications and plan to have such certifications completed by mid-2019.

“Over the last few months Zwipe has achieved major technical milestones in preparing our technology platform for certification and commercial deployment,” commented André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe. “Certifications will continue to be a part of how we operate in the financial services market. We see this as a strategic recruitment for Zwipe as Pierre brings deep certification knowledge and experience to the Zwipe team to successfully handle such important processes.”

In September Zwipe announced the appointment of Marcio Stervid as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances.

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