Biometrics companies Plurilock and Augentic announce appointments, new chair for ID2020

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Biometrics companies Plurilock and Augentic announce appointments, new chair for ID2020

Plurilock has appointed veteran software executive Ed Hammersla to its board of directors to lend his expertise in virtual desktop infrastructure environments, security policy and compliance, and enterprise cybersecurity as the company expands its offerings and capabilities.

Hammersla brings more than 40 years of experience in software and cybersecurity with companies including Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), Raytheon Cyber Products, IBM and NEC. He has experience with startups and deep ties to the venture capital community as a CEO, investor and advisor, according to the announcement. He also played a key role in the development of the trusted Linux platform that gave rise Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and currently serves on the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute’s external advisory board.

“We’re in a moment of rapid change in the security industry,” says Plurilock CEO Ian Paterson. “Companies are shifting rapidly to a remote workforce posture even as the best practices of a few years ago—one-time passwords, biometric scans, anti-malware, and so on—are really showing cracks and unplanned costs. Ed has a deep understanding of the day-to-day security needs and realities in the verticals that we serve—and how these will evolve going forward.”

Augentic appoints new CEO

Labinot Carreti has been appointed CEO of Augentic to put together a global biometrics, digital currencies and digital identity organization and partner network, the company has announced.

Carreti, who has more than 15 years of experience in government-related industries, has also become a shareholder in the company. He served most recently as VP of Global Sales for Veridos.

“In my past professional experience working with Labinot, together we managed to achieve outstanding results in the government business. Our success is visible and with our network around the globe we will establish ourselves as a respectable player in the identity industry. We are very happy to benefit from Labinot´s vision and passion for technology to make AUGENTIC the leader in the management of digitalization of Governments around the world,” says Dr. Hermann Sterzinger, chairman of the advisory board at Augentic.

New Chairman of the Board for ID2020

ID2020 Alliance has elected Kim Gagné as the chairman of its board of directors on a four-year term.

Gagné is currently Senior Counselor with advisory and advocacy communications consultancy APCO Worldwide, and replaces The Honorable Gary Connile, former Prime Minister of Haiti, as chairman. Gagné is also Executive Director of the European Cloud Alliance. He brings extensive communications, government relations, diplomacy and law experience to the role.

“Kim understands that technology, when ethically applied, can be transformative. It can enhance access to vital public services, enable people to exercise their rights as citizens and voters, and participate in the modern economy,” comments ID2020 Executive Director Dakota Gruener. “During these uncertain times, we look forward to Kim’s thoughtful leadership as we navigate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and determine our strategic direction for the future.”

Gagné was previously a member of Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group, and has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.

“Digital identity has the potential to transform the lives of more than one billion people around the world, providing access to critical political, social, and economic opportunities. I am excited to join the ID2020 Alliance as the organization champions the development of ethical, privacy-protecting digital identity solutions,” states Gagné. “I am especially keen to support the organization as it establishes new collaborations with governments, technology companies, and civil society organizations to facilitate the return of individuals to the workplace and public life in the wake of the global pandemic.”

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