ID R&D adds to leadership team to capitalize on growing biometrics technology market

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ID R&D announced today that biometrics expert Steve Cook and voice industry veteran Kim Martin have been appointed to its executive leadership team. Cook joins the company as global head of business development and will oversee partner development and integration implementation. Martin comes on as VP of marketing and will be responsible for building a global brand to grow and accelerate sales. ID R&D is also adding Scott Rosenthal as director of sales, financial services to lead global sales efforts among banks and financial institutions.

“We are investing to make ID R&D the leading biometric authentication and anti-spoofing technology provider for any application, on any device,” says Alexey Khitrov, CEO of ID R&D. “Steve, Kim, and Scott bring the deep experience and talent necessary for us to grow and lead the multibillion-dollar biometric authentication market.”

Cook brings more than eight years of biometric industry experience to ID R&D, specifically in the areas of financial services and biometric modalities. He is a member of the RegTech and Security Advisory Board for FinTechConnect for biometrics technology and is recognized as a global expert on digital identity and biometric authentication. Cook has also led biometric and fintech consultancy initiatives for a number of banks and ecommerce enterprises as the founder of his consultancy business Biometrics for eCommerce.

Martin has built successful marketing programs for emerging voice technology providers and voice initiatives in the enterprise. Most recently, she advised global clients at Refinery Lab, which she joined after serving as VP of Corporate Marketing as Aspect Software. In her two decades of experience Martin has led marketing teams at Voxeo, VidSoft, VoX Communications, and Vocalocity and has consulted many businesses on best practices to align organizational and business goals with marketing strategies.

Rosenthal joins ID R&D from customer risk intelligence firm Arachnys, where he led global sales and customer success efforts. Rosenthal has also directed sales and business development efforts for Matrix IFS, Lexis-Nexis, Fortent, and My Leverage.

“Joining ID R&D is an easy choice for me as the company is ushering in an era of effortless authentication that meets equally high security standards,” says Steve Cook, Global Head of Business Development, ID R&D. “I look forward to leveraging my extensive background and network to build partnerships that accelerate adoption and deployment of ID R&D technology across the globe.”

These leadership hires are expected to support the company’s record growth. In the first two quarters of 2019, ID R&D has doubled both its sales and its staff. The company grew its technology portfolio in March with the launch of IDAudio, an acoustic event detection solution, and in August, with the release of IDLive Face. ID R&D closed its Series A funding in May.

CEO Khitrov recently spoke with Biometric Update about how ID R&D’s passive biometric liveness detection adds frictionless security for voice and face-based authentication.

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