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Biometric solution providers announce leadership, executive management changes

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Biometric solution providers announce leadership, executive management changes

Biometrics and digital identity companies Advance.AI, Passbase, Incognia, Centrify, Nethone have announced major leadership changes this month, appointing industry veterans to drive their business development across different regions and markets and lead sales teams towards international expansion.


Advance.AI has named Darshan Shah as India Managing Director, writes The Economic Times.

Prior to the new role, Shah was chief business officer at AI credit risk profiling company Trusting Social and chief advisor on the board of Advance.AI. He brings more than twenty years of industry experience in digital lending and onboarding, credit scoring and underwriting. Shah has also worked at credit bureaus Experian, Transunion, and Equifax in India and Canada.

“I’m delighted to join Advance.AI to help accelerate our growth in India. Our core mission remains unchanged from when we opened our first office here last year, which is to bring our technology leadership and local market expertise to help innovate and accelerate the digital onboarding, risk, and credit underwriting capabilities of India’s BFSI sector,” Shah said in a prepared statement.


Passbase has appointed industry veteran Dan Lee as Vice President of Sales to drive business development and sales operations globally with a focus on fintech and medtech, the ID verification company announced.

Lee will lead the international sales team and will be based at the New York headquarters. Before joining Passbase, Lee server as Senior Director of Sales at Namely, and had senior positions at PeopleDoc and BenefitFocus.

In June, the company launched a codeless selfie biometric identity verification solution with liveness for easy integration.

“Digital identity and identity verification on the internet are critically important for the future, and Passbase has taken on this challenge successfully. Its commitment to bring a simple yet robust solution drives huge value for both consumers and businesses and I’m sure this will continue to grow”, said Dan Lee in the announcement. “I’m thrilled to be joining Passbase and believe that we have the opportunity to build one of the world’s most valuable companies that changes the world’s relationship with digital identity.”


Incognia has appointed John Lindner as Chief Revenue Officer to scale the business in the U.S. following high demand for mobile fraud protection, the company announced.

The news comes soon after Incognia launched location-based behavioral biometrics identity technology to fight mobile fraud attempts and secure onboarding.

With over twenty years of experience, Lindner has worked in security, fraud and authentication and led sales team at Valimail and ThreatMetrix. At Valimail, for instance, Lindner’s leadership generated a70 percent business increase in one year, while at ThreatMetrix he grew the business 50 percent per year.

“Incognia’s first of its kind location behavioral biometrics solution is a game-changer in the digital identity space,” Lindner said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to be part of a team that is poised to drive such strong growth in mobile banking and commerce at a global level. Customers will see immediate value in Incognia’s efficacy and elegant simplicity in addressing mobile fraud prevention and authentication.”


Centrify has named Flint Brenton as Chief Executive Officer to help the company scale Privileged Access Management in new markets such as cloud security and DevOps, the company announced.

Brenton is replacing former CEO Tim Steinkopf, retired for health reasons. Previous roles include President and CEO of CollabNet VersionOne (now Digital.ai), purchased by TPG Capital in October 2019, President and CEO of AccelOps, purchased by Fortinet in 2016, and President and CEO of Tidal acquired by Cisco in May 200. He has held other engineering leadership positions at NetIQ, Compaq, BMC Software, and IBM.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead Centrify forward as we continue to redefine Privileged Access Management for modern IT environments, in particular for securing access to the cloud based on the strength of our cloud architecture,” said Brenton in the announcement. “We have all the pieces in place to not only grow our leadership in a maturing PAM space, but also to expand into evolving, high-growth market segments including cloud security, DevOps, and automation. That’s where privileged access will be critical to securing machine identities and service accounts, the next growth frontier of the enterprise IT estate.”


Nethone has appointed former McKinsey and Samsara executive Mateusz Czech as Chief Operating Officer and payments veteran Patrick Nickel-Drexler as Head of Business Development to speed up growth in Central Europe, the company announced.

Czech has extensive international experience gained by working with tech companies in Silicon Valley and by designing, implementing and optimizing operations in Africa, Australia and Europe of McKinsey. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw.

“Having gathered experience in high growth technology companies in Silicon Valley such as Samsara and Firefly, I’ve joined Nethone to build and optimize company-wide operations, allowing us to scale effectively,” said in the statement Mateusz Czech.

Before joining Nethone, Drexler was in charge of the partnership department at Paysafecard for Europe and Asia, and was group representative in Germany.

“I’m a passionate strategic seller who wants to establish an international footprint for Nethone’s leading ML solution and ensure fast and constant growth while helping partners worldwide solve their fraud issues, simple as that,” said Drexler.

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