Onfido CEO steps aside for next phase of face biometrics and ID verification growth
Husayn Kassai is out as CEO of Onfido, stepping down for Mike Tuchen to take over as chief executive to lead the company as it further scales its ID document and selfie biometrics-based digital identity verification business.
Tuchen recently served as CEO of cloud data integration provider Talend, which he took public in 2016. He has also led security software startup Rapid7 and held senior management positions at Microsoft and Polycom.
“I have spent over twenty years working with leading software and tech businesses and I couldn’t be more optimistic about Onfido’s product and mission,” states Tuchen in the press release. “This is an incredibly exciting time for the business, with Onfido’s focus on virtual verification more important than ever as companies focus on digitisation and the shift to remote working. Husayn has built a fantastic team and business and I look forward to building on that success as we rapidly scale the company worldwide and broaden our offering.”
Kassai will remain with the company in an advisory role. He is the second of Onfido’s three founders is stepping down from a leadership position with the biometric authentication provider after Co-founder and then-COO Eamon Jubbawy left the company in July. Kassai, Jubbawy and Ruhul Amin founded Onfido in 2012.
The company has grown to employ more than 400 people globally, and has raised more than $200 million in funding.
“This is an important moment for Onfido,” says Kasai. “When I founded the company in 2012 with Eamon and Ruhul, we raised just $20k of funding to build the new identity standard for the internet. Eight years on, we’ve achieved so much and I’m proud of the hundreds of Onfidoers who’ve joined our mission to solve the identity problem. We’re in such a strong position and now it’s the right time to hand the torch over to Mike, with all his experience, to lead the company into the future.”
Patriot One appoints new CEO
Peter Evans has been appointed CEO of Patriot One, succeeding Martin Cronin, who will remain with the company as a director.
Evans has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership, operations and board roles at venture-backed and public companies in the security industry. Over that time, he has established a track record for revenue growth and profitability, and identifying and developing market opportunities for start-ups, Fortune 500, and rapidly-changing enterprises, according to the announcement.
“I am excited to join the Patriot One team to lead the business into this new growth phase and capitalize on the extraordinary value contained within this exceptional technology,” states Evans in the announcement. “It’s exciting to be part of such an innovative and disruptive company that has built a broad portfolio of solutions poised for growth by addressing critical security concerns across our communities and businesses. By leveraging innovation, data and AI capabilities, Patriot One is well positioned to digitize traditional labor-based security models, and deliver higher efficacy, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness to both public and private enterprises. I am very excited to be a part of this journey together with our employees, partners, shareholders, and most importantly, our customers.”
Imprivata appoints new SVP of Products and Design
Imprivata has named Mark McArdle as its new senior vice president of products and design, in which role he will lead the management and design of the company’s portfolio of healthcare digital identity management solutions.
McArdle brings more than two decades of experience in software development, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cybersecurity and advanced products for enterprise, SMB and consumer markets to Imprivata. He served as CTO of eSentire, and as SVP of product development at McAfee.
“A passionate out-of-the-box thinker and innovator, Mark will be instrumental in leading our product strategy in alignment with our company vision, which includes both our current foundational and market-leading solutions, as well as our developing product lines for future market opportunities,” says Gus Malezis, CEO of Imprivata. “I look forward to Mark engaging with our customers and his team, and building upon the success of our products and bringing new solutions into our exciting future.”
“Imprivata is the world leader in trusted digital identity management for healthcare delivery organizations,” comments McArdle. “I’m thrilled to join this world-class team and apply my cybersecurity, SaaS, and enterprise expertise to help advance the technology that has enabled thousands of global HDO’s to successfully manage and secure digital identities across healthcare’s hyper-complex environment.”