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Rank One appoints biometrics industry veteran, former Idemia NSS head Scott Swann as CEO

Leadership appointments announced by ImageWare and NEC America
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Rank One appoints biometrics industry veteran, former Idemia NSS head Scott Swann as CEO

Rank One Computing has appointed Scott Swann as its new chief executive, bringing 25 years of experience in the field of identity and biometrics and a track record of working internationally with governments and businesses.

Swann will be tasked with leading the overall strategic growth and for the company, and was welcomed by ROC founders Dr. Brendan Klare, Joshua Klontz and Scott Klum.

Former CEO Klare becomes the company’s president and chief scientist.

“Scott Swann is a deeply trusted thought leader in the biometrics industry and he is the only person we trust to assume the reins as CEO,” comments Klare. “Scott will bring an immediate impact to our growth strategies and our ability to continue to put best-in-class ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ biometrics and AI software in our customers’ hands. I have known and worked with Scott for over a decade, and he has the utmost integrity and is one of the most professional leaders I have ever engaged with. Our entire ROC team is thrilled to follow Scott’s lead into this next phase of Rank One’s growth journey.”

Swann has previously served as President and CEO of Idemia National Security Solutions for several years, and spent more than 18 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, holding positions including Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director of the Science and Technology Branch, Executive Officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Unit Chief at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division.

While serving as Idemia NSS boss in 2019, Swann co-authored a guest post for Biometric Update with the company’s Senior Director for Innovation and Customer Solutions James Loudermilk on the role of facial recognition in solving crimes and preserving national security.

ImageWare appoints new CFO with M&A experience ahead of possible Nasdaq listing

ImageWare has appointed Jay B. Lewis, who has extensive experience in funding rounds totaling more than $300 million of capital and M&A transactions totaling more than $400 million, as its new chief financial officer.

Lewis has more than 20 years of experience as a senior financial officer for high-growth public companies, according to the announcement, including as CFO of ID Watchdog from 2011 to 2017, before it was sold to Equifax.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jay to the ImageWare team,” states ImageWare President and CEO Kristin A. Taylor. “Not only does Jay have the ideal finance and capital markets experience to guide us through our growth trajectory and contemplated up listing to Nasdaq, the depth of his technology and identity experience as well as contacts in the industry, make him well suited to support our velocity and execution plans in 2021.”

“I’m thrilled to be a part of ImageWare’s journey to leverage the latest biometric authentication technology and safeguard identities,” Lewis says. “The Company’s vision, proven leadership team and product strategies were just a few of the components that led me to know that I want to commit my skills and energies, and to be part of the team driving ImageWare’s growth and success.”

NEC promotes Hutchinson to President of Federal Government Business

Benji Hutchinson has been appointed NEC America’s president of U.S. Federal Government Business, according to an announcement on LinkedIn. He previously served in the role of VP of Washington, DC Operations and Federal Business.

Hutchinson discussed the importance of policy-making catching up to the maturation of facial recognition technology with Biometric Update in early-2020.

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