Biometrics industry moves: new CEO at Idemia NSS, execs at Alcatraz, Signicat, and Behavox
Idemia National Security Solutions (NSS) has appointed Andrew Boyd as President and CEO to lead its delivery of advanced technology solutions, including biometrics, and guide its strategic growth in the areas of national defense, national security, and classified missions.
Boyd brings more than 25 years of experience in military and industry roles to Idemia, including more recently as SVP of Defense and Intelligence for SAIC, leading growth strategies for its IT modernization and digital transformation business unit.
“Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to IDEMIA with a proven track-record of generating significant growth and profit throughout his career,” said Ed Casey, CEO, IDEMIA Identity & Security North America. “His unique experience working in both the Federal and Defense space make him an ideal candidate to lead this critical area of our business. Andrew will be a valuable addition to the IDEMIA team, and I look forward to supporting Andrew as he takes on this new role.”
Idemia NSS was recently selected as one of 92 finalists for the Base of the Future AFWERX Challenges run by the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense for its biometric technology.
Alcatraz names former EyeLock VP of Product to same role
Alcatraz has named Blaine Frederick as its new VP of Product to lead its biometric product development and serve as a liaison between business, technology and user experience elements.
Frederick will be responsible for managing all components of the Alcatraz Rock product, connecting internal resources with addressable market needs, and guiding the development of the features, pricing, and positioning of the product.
Previously, Frederick served as a Principal with physical security consulting firm BDIS Group, and before that as VP of Product Management for biometric security provider EyeLock.
“I joined Alcatraz because I believe that we have the team and the technology necessary to fundamentally change the way people view and use access control,” says Frederick. “Alcatraz looks at the problem of access control differently – instead of thinking about biometrics as solely a means to replace a traditional credential, we are looking at how we can improve the experience of not only the user, but also the business manager, the system administrator, and the installer. By creating a device that can autonomously make complex, real-time decisions – including verifying identities and detecting tailgating – we change the entire access control paradigm.”
Signicat announces four management appointments
Signicat has announced several new appointments to its management team to drive the company’s global expansion.
Joakim Harging is joining Signicat as its new Chief of Nordic Enterprise, Michael Halbdo is now Chief Financial Officer, Bianca Austin has been appointed Chief People Officer and Stein-Olav Davidsen has joined the company as Chief of SMB and Online Channels.
“The digital identity market was important, but is now proving to be utterly vital,” comments Harging. “I’m excited to be working with a talented executive leadership team with high ambitions.”
Signicat says in the announcement that its acquisition of Dutch digital identity company Connectis in April created the strongest digital identity platform in Europe.
Behavox adds CPO and still hiring
Gagan Gulati has joined Behavox as its chief product officer to support its mission of applying artificial intelligence to data to generate actionable information.
Behavox has been won recognitions including a “Best AI Solution” award from AI Breakthrough, Gulati notes, and placement on the 2020 CB Insights Fintech 250.
The company is also planning to add a Senior Product Management Director for Compliance and another for New Products, as well as a Product Manager, and is hiring at all levels in different geographies, Gulati writes.