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Anti-financial crime expert hired to boost digital ID and KYC capabilities at Fourthline


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Fourthline has appointed Ro Paddock as its new head of Anti-Financial Crime to support the company’s mission to deliver a new standard for digital ID management and KYC (know your customer).

The company is licensed as a payments institution in the UK and the Netherlands, and has adhered to GDPR since its enactment, with KYC and digital identity management solutions combining proprietary technology and what the company calls best-in-class expert analysis. This allows Fourthline to protect regulated organizations from identity fraud, and provide advice on risk and compliance.

Paddock comes to Fourthline from German challenger bank N26, where she served as head of Anti-Financial Crime, overseeing its KYC and anti money-laundering (AML) efforts. Previously at a range of ecommerce and mobile commerce companies, Paddock led reductions in fraud of between 90 and 95 percent in only three to nine months.

“My background in psychology and computer forensics has really helped me in understanding both the human behavior and the data side of fraud detection,” Paddock said in an interview with Fourthline prior to joining the company. “Being aware of the motivations that drive individuals to commit fraud in a variety of fascinating ways enables me to do my job better. More specifically, I have honed the ability to identify ‘behavioral traits’ through data analysis.”

Paddock is also an advocate for women in technology and the democratization of financial security, Fourthline says.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome such a knowledgeable risk and fraud expert to our team. Ro will help us optimize our AFC practices while making safe digital identity management accessible to all,” said Krik Gunning, CEO of Fourthline.

Fourthline recently claimed a technology advantage over leading OCR providers like Google as it announced record revenue growth for its digital ID and KYC offerings.

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