Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

“Meanwhile, Tore Etholm-Idsøe is staying on with NEXT as its new Chairman of the Board.”

NEXT Biometrics has a new CEO. Ritu Favre, former Biometrics Products Division GM and SVP of Synaptics, is taking the helm from Tore Etholm-Idsøe, the company has announced.

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

NEXT Biometrics Chairman Tore Etholm-Idsøe (left) and CEO Ritu Favre (right).

In a statement announcing the appointment, NEXT Biometrics Chair Brita Eilertsen emphasized Favre’s “extensive semiconductor experience”; Favre holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and spent eleven years working at Freescale Semiconductor before moving on to Synaptics, and now NEXT Biometrics. “There is a strong need for semiconductor experience in the next stages of the company’s development,” Eilertsen said.

Meanwhile, Tore Etholm-Idsøe is staying on with NEXT as its new Chairman of the Board. For his part, Etholm-Idsøe commended Favre as “a perfect fit for NEXT” and explained that with the company’s increasing activities in smart cards, notebooks, and other business areas, “We need to increase top and middle level management capacity significantly.”

The company has been particularly focused lately on the development of its flexible fingerprint sensor technology for the smart card market, and is aiming to put it into mass production by the end of the second quarter.

February 1, 2017 – by Alex Perala