Executives and board members appointed by ID2020, Zwipe, Socure, ForgeRock, VerifyMe, Ping Identity

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Executives and board members appointed by ID2020, Zwipe, Socure, ForgeRock, VerifyMe, Ping Identity

A number of new senior appointments and new board members have recently been announced by organizations in biometrics and digital ID.

The ID2020 Alliance has appointed former Prime Minister of Haiti Dr. Garry Conille as the Chairman of it Board of Directors for a four-year term, to help guide the public-private partnership’s efforts to improve lives through digital identity.

Conille is currently serving as Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Country Team in Burundi. He has also served as Under Secretary General for Programmes and Operations at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and as senior advisor to former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her role as co-chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

“Garry’s expertise as a leader in international development and policy will inform our work and guide our strategic direction in the years to come,” says ID2020 Alliance Executive Director Dakota Gruener. “We are thrilled to welcome Garry to the board, and we look forward to working with him as we support the development and implementation of digital identity solutions that align with our principles.”

Interim Chairwoman Blythe Masters, who Conille succeeds, will continue as Vice Chair of the ID2020 Board.

“Digital identity has tremendous potential to help countries around the world tackle a variety of pressing issues, from human trafficking to healthcare service delivery,” Conille comments. “I am excited to join the ID2020 Alliance in shaping the development of these solutions so that as many people as possible can be empowered to assert their identities safely and securely.”

The ID2020 Alliance was also recently named as one of the most influential organizations in digital identity by Goode Intelligence.

New Zwipe CFO

Lars Kristian Solheim will become the new Chief Financial Officer of Zwipe as of March 1, 2020, taking over from interim CFO Lars Myren, who will remain for the transition phase, the company announced.

Among Solheim’s experience in CFO and management positions in auditing and the telecom and financial sectors are positions at EY and at Norwegian mobile telecom challenger NetCom/TeliaSonera, where he served as CFO. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financial governance and business planning, according to the announcement.

Zwipe is currently going through a transition phase towards a more streamlined version of itself, focused on technology for biometric cards.

Socure adds two executives

Socure has filled two senior positions, with Rivka Gewirtz Little appointed Senior Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, while Garient Evans has been appointed Vice President of Growth.

Gewirtz Little has experience as an industry analyst in charge of the Global Payment Strategies practice at IDC Financial Insights and as senior director of product marketing in Nice Actimize’s Financial Crime unit. Evans comes from Deloitte Consulting, where he worked with global financial services clients on credit, collections, and payments.

“We are very pleased to add two leaders with such outstanding depth of experience to our growing team,” states Tom Thimot, CEO, Socure. “Rivka is known across the industry for her depth of knowledge of the payments and identity spaces, and we will rely on her keen insights as we refine our marketing strategy. Garient is a proven veteran who will help drive the growth of the solution consulting, business analysis, implementation and account management functions to support our customers across the entire lifecycle.”

ForgeRock, VerifyMe, and Ping Identity Board appointments

A trio of digital identity companies have announced new appointments to their Boards of Directors.

Former Senior Partner at KPMG and LightSpeed Ventures CFO Maria Walker is joining the Board of ForgeRock to chair its audit committee. Walker also previously founded and served as CEO of Recuerdo Therapeutics, and has 30 years of experience working with public and private companies in the healthcare, technology, venture capital and private equity sectors.

“Maria’s deep financial expertise and successful track record of guiding fast-growing technology startups will be invaluable in helping ForgeRock further strengthen our strategy to grow,” comments ForgeRock CEO Fran Rosch. “She is a dynamic and forward-thinking leader, and we are delighted that she has joined the board.”

GP Strategies CEO Scott Greenberg has been appointed to the Board of Directors of VerifyMe, and will help guide its business development

“I am excited to join the VerifyMe Board at this time,” Greenberg says. “The company’s technology is at the forefront of security and authentication and addresses areas of vulnerability in brand protection and packaging. Recent contract awards validate the company’s value-add and position is at an inflection point to begin to accelerate its revenue. I look forward to utilizing my network of relationships I have built over the years to assist in the growth of VerifyMe in any way I can.”

VerifyMe CEO Patrick White notes that Greenberg has led GP Strategies to $500 million in annual revenue and a $200 million valuation on the New York Stock Exchange, and says that demonstrates the value he brings to VerifyMe as it enters an “accelerated growth stage.”

Ping Identity, meanwhile, has announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, bringing in decades of executive experience at public companies.

DigitalOcean CEO Yancey Sprull, who previously served in C-level positions with SendGrid and DigitalGlobe, has joined the Ping board, along with National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee member Lisa Hook. Hook also sits on the boards of Fidelity National Information Services Inc., Unisys Corporation, CubeIQ, and Philip Morris International, and serves as a senior advisor on the Trilantic Capital Partners Advisory Board. She previously served as president and CEO of Neustar, where she also sat on the board.

“We were pleased to welcome Lisa and Yancey to Ping Identity’s board of directors earlier this year, and continue to appreciate their fresh insights to our technology and business priorities,” says Andre Durand, CEO, Ping Identity. “Their executive and board experience in both private and public sectors makes them valuable contributors to our growth and success.”

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