Idemia appoints former Amazon Web Services executive chief digital product officer
David Desharnais has been appointed Idemia‘s chief digital product officer, effective immediately. As a member of Idemia Group’s executive committee, Desharnais will lead Idemia’s cloud and digital platform strategy. He brings more than 25 years of leadership in systems and software development and digital/cloud technologies within start-ups and multinational public companies.
Prior to joining Idemia, Desharnais held the position of group head and general manager of worldwide industries at Amazon Web Services, providing cloud solutions to high-growth industries. He has also recently served as chairman of the board of Groundswell SPC, as board director of qBotica Inc., and as executive board member of Point A Center of Supply Chain Innovation – advising on AI/IoT/cloud technologies, robotics process automation, fintech, and industry 4.0.
“Data security, end-user privacy, and digital identity are categorical imperatives to enabling frictionless global mobility, and establishing trust in the fast-growing digital economy,” said David Desharnais. “As a world leader in biometrics, identity, and digital security, Idemia is at the epicenter of shaping the future of public and private interactions and transactions, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to lead the talented digital solutions and technology teams making this possible.”
Desharnais is based in the USA and will head a global team of digital experts in charge of designing, building and running Idemia’s digital platforms.
Idemia won the 2019 Global Company of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan for its biometric technology and its defence against spoof attacks and cybersecurity threats.