ImageWare has implemented a new strategic advisory board and appointed its first members. And one appointment hints at a potential business expansion into the emerging area of automotive biometrics.
That appointee, Neil Boehm, currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Gentex, a company that develops hi-tech solutions for the automotive sector as well as the aerospace and commercial fire protection industries. Gentex has been a pioneer of automotive biometrics, and showed off an iris-scanning driver authentication system at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
The other board appointments bring expertise in areas with which ImageWare is already well-acquainted – government and enterprise cybersecurity.
Bill Casey is currently the VP of the Public Safety and Biometrics Division of 22nd Century Technologies, a government-focused IT services firm. He also has a strong background in law enforcement-related work, through positions including VP of Strategic Opportunities at rapid DNA specialist ANDE Corporation, and, in the earlier part of his career, as a cop with the Boston Police Department.
Ravi Srinivasan, meanwhile, is the General Manager and VP of User and Data Protection at Forcepoint, an information security specialist focused on the commercial and government sectors. He was also one of the founding executives of the IBM Security business unit, having served in high-level executive roles with that company from 2006 to 2019.
The appointment of the new advisory board is the latest illustration of a larger corporate transformation that has been underway at ImageWare under the leadership of Kristin Taylor after her she became CEO in early 2020. This has entailed a number of efforts including a major rebranding of ImageWare’s flagship security solution, and several executive appointments.
“With the creation of our new Advisory Board, we’ll be leveraging the shared wisdom of several subject matter experts whose knowledge, relationships and input should provide additional strategic direction for many of our go-forward initiatives,” she explained in a statement. “Our plan with this board is to bring on executives and senior leaders within hyper-specific areas to learn from their domain expertise; our first members represent a great initial group.”
May 10, 2021 – by Alex Perala