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Leaders appointed by digital identity providers and civil society amid busy market

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Leaders appointed by digital identity providers and civil society amid busy market

Companies continue to add executives to respond to growing demand for digital ID technologies with Identiv, ImageWare and Okta making announcements and Jenetric hiring for several positions. Notre Dame, meanwhile, has named a founding director for its Ethics Lab, and AI Now is looking for a lead research scholar.

Identiv adds new VP of Marketing

Cybersecurity systems developer Identiv, has announced its first Vice President of Marketing, Leigh Dow.

Dow has held senior global marketing positions with Honeywell and Intel, and served as CEO of her own 48 West Agency.

“The investments we have made in redefining how we go to market demonstrate our commitment to meaningful innovation in the marketing function. I look forward to working closely with Steve and the marketing team to help Identiv seize its growth opportunities and pioneer the future of security, IoT, and RFID solutions for our customers, our partners, and our employees,” says Dow.

This addition to the company will propel Identiv’s vision and strategy forward towards establishing Identiv as the leader in transformative technology solutions for security, safety, and identity management, the company says.

ImageWare Systems appoints strategy VP

ImageWare Systems has appointed AJ Naddell as Vice President, Go-To-Market and Portfolio Strategy, which like Dow’s with Identiv is a newly-created position within the company.

“I’m truly excited by the value and market potential of ImageWare’s biometric authentication and identification technology. Cybersecurity is a hugely important, burgeoning sector — and the opportunity to join the Company’s talented leadership team and help drive the Company’s market success is the next important challenge I look forward to conquering,” said Naddell.

Naddell was previously Program Director of Product Management-AI Applications at IBM, building AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) into legacy solutions to help optimize customer’s operations.

“AJ and his team have already begun to develop key messaging and sales collateral in preparation of our successful launch of enterprise products into the market on February 1, 2021,” states ImageWare Chair, President and CEO Kristin A. Taylor. “He will then shift his focus to Law Enforcement/Public Safety, and towards the end of the year, turn to our biometric smart badge technology.

Okta announces Head of Dynamic Work amid company transformation

San Francisco-based workforce digital ID management platform Okta announced a new Head of Dynamic Work, Samantha Fisher, reports Business Insider.

In the summer, Okta announced a policy that gave all employees the option to work remote permanently, come back to offices when it is safe, or do a mix of both. Fisher’s role will be focused around shaping employee’s experiences while the company transitions to a remote working focused model. Okta expects due to the shift, about 85 percent of its workforce will be remote, compared to 30 percent pre-pandemic.

“That first step has to be everybody has equity around access to information, to do their job, grow their career, and feel like they’re a valuable contributor to the organization,” Fisher says. “Technology and tools enable that process, but they are not the solution. They’re just enablers of having a broader strategy around that program.”

Jenetric hiring for three positions

Jenetric has posted three positions currently available to its website as it looks to grow its fingerprint biometrics business.

The company is hiring a sales manager for Europe, a precision mechatronics and opto-electronics engineer, and a software development trainee.

Jenetric is seeking a sales manager with at least 5 years of experience working with technology vendors and system integrators. The engineering position will involve testing and documentation responsibilities, for electromechanical product design, and require experience working with ESD-sensitive devices. The software development trainee will be tasked with implementing PIN code functions via a fingerprint scan.

Notre Dame Ethics Lab chooses Founding Director

The Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab at the University of Notre Dame has announced Elizabeth M. Renieris as the lab’s founding director. Renieris is a technology and human rights fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard Kennedy School of Government) and a practitioner fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab. She is also the founder and CEO of consultancy Hacklawyer and a past member of the ID2020 Alliance Technical Advisory Committee.

The Notre Dame Lab focuses on ethical impacts of AI, machine learning and other emerging technology within society. The Lab acts as the research branch of Notre Dame’s Technology Ethics Center (ND-TEC).

“Under my stewardship, the lab will focus on applied, relational ethics and aim to steer technological design and development in the direction of more equity and justice,” says Renieris. “I’m grateful to IBM for their partnership and look forward to working with IBM and others on advancing research that generates best practices in technology and AI ethics that ultimately shape industry and public policy.”

AI Now recruiting a Lead Research Scholar at NYU

AI Now has published an open position of Lead Research Scholar on Global Programs within New York University to design, implement, and manage the strategy, partnerships, and funding for research in global political economy and social impacts of AI.

NYU housed AI Now produces interdisciplinary research on the social implications of artificial intelligence and acts as a hub for the emerging field focused on these issues.

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