Board Member Representatives
Brett McDowell is the Executive Director of the FIDO Alliance, the organization he helped establish in 2012 to remove the world's dependency on passwords through open standards for strong authentication. Mr. McDowell manages the strategic direction of the FIDO Alliance and coordinates its liaison activities with numerous external industry groups, standards bodies and government agencies worldwide. Previously, Mr. McDowell was Head of Ecosystem Security at PayPal, where he developed strategies, lead initiatives, and spearheaded their authentication strategy to make the Internet safer for PayPal and their customers. He and his team drove several open standards and won a CSO40 award for innovation in authentication. Mr. McDowell has held several leadership positions including founding Management Council Chairman for the NSTIC IDESG, co-founder and Chairman of DMARC.org, Treasurer for the National Cyber Security Alliance, Secretary for StopBadWare.org, and Vice President for FIDO Alliance. Prior to joining PayPal in 2010, Mr. McDowell managed a number of IEEE-ISTO initiatives, serving as Executive Director for Kantara Initiative, Liberty Alliance Project, and VoiceXML Forum. Mr. McDowell has extensive industry standards experience having worked with IETF, ISO, ITU-T, ANSI, OASIS, W3C, IEEE and the ETSI ICT Standards Board.
Dustin Ingalls has been a leader at Microsoft for the past 20 years. Mr. Ingalls currently leads the Operating System Security Program Management team in delivering core security features to all Windows products: Phone, Tablet/PC, Windows Server, IoT/Embedded Systems and Xbox, including core cypto, Public Key Infrastructure features, authentication protocols, biometrics, data protection (BitLocker, Encrypting File System), smart cards, and more. Prior to working on the security team, Mr. Ingalls was the General Manager for Microsoft’s SoftGrid development team in Boston, Product Unit Manager for System Center Configuration Manager, and General Manager for IT Global Operations with responsibility for managing Microsoft’s corporate data centers & networks worldwide.
Sam Srinivas is Product Management Director, Information Security at Google and is responsible for various external and internal security initiatives. His team leads Google's existing and new products in consumer strong authentication, such as 2-step verification, and he works in close coordination with Google's Identity team. Prior to Google, Mr. Srinivas was Chief Technologist in the Security Business Unit at Juniper Networks. He came to Juniper through the $400M acquisition of a startup he co-founded, Neoteris, which established the SSL-VPN remote access category. Earlier, Mr. Srinivas was at Healtheon (WebMD), Microsoft Research and Rockwell. Mr. Srinivas has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
As the Founder of Nok Nok Labs, Ramesh Kesanupalli brings to the company more than two decades of public and private sector IT security experience. Mr. Kesanupalli is responsible for the company’s vision and broad industry relationships. Mr. Kesanupalli previously served as the Chief Technology Officer of Validity Sensors where he was responsible for software direction, strategy, alliances and strategic business development. He has also held senior management roles at Phoenix Technologies, Object Connect, Telsima, Inc. (formerly Kinera) and Network 24, which was acquired by Akamai. Mr. Kesanupalli holds patents in wireless middle tier software systems and is the author of several authentication patents. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology, India, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Nagarjuna University, India.
Mr. Nassar is general manager of Authentication product lines focused on anti-counterfeit and cyber security application markets. Before joining NXP Semiconductors, Mr. Nassar held key executive positions in the high tech industry, among them, General Manager of the Advanced Solution Group at Renesas and Managing Director of Segments & Strategic Marketing for Hitachi and Managing Director of Schlumberger's now Gemalto telecom smart cards and systems, and founded a number of startup companies in the Silicon Valley.
Bill Smith has over 30 years experience ranging from individual contributor to executive at several companies. He currently is Technology Evangelist, Sr. Policy Advisor at PayPal where he advocates for improvements to the security, stability, and resilience of the Internet. Mr. Smith represents PayPal at ICANN, the IGF, ARIN, WSIS, the ITU, the IETF, and as a member of US delegations to intergovernmental meetings. He helps establish and present PayPal’s position at these and other Internet Governance fora bridging the gaps between technology, policy, and business. Prior to joining PayPal, Mr. Smith was Sr. Director Business Strategy, Office of the CTO, Sun Microsystems where he helped establish and execute the company's international standards strategy. At Sun, Mr. Smith actively participated in the development of secure, privacy-aware digital identity standards as an officer and Board member of the Liberty Alliance and Kantara Initiative. He is a past chair and President of OASIS, served as co-chair of ebXML, the joint OASIS/United Nations Electronic Business Initiative, past Board member of IEEE-ISTO, and has participated at the W3C including as co-chair of the XML Linking WG. Mr. Smith was an independent expert on the ICANN WHOIS Review Team, actively participated in the preparatory activities related to the WCIT 12, was a member of the US Delegation to WCIT 12, was a member of the ITU's WTPF Informal Expert Group, and represented PayPal at the WTPF. Prior to joining Sun in 1996 he was Director of Research and Development at Electronic Book Technologies in Providence, RI. and holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science, both from Brown University.
Joe Pennisi has many years of experience in developing new hardware and software solutions for the IBM PC Division and Lenovo. He has played a fundamental role in the introduction and exploitation of security-related technology in IBM/Lenovo PC products, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Trusted Computing Group.
Rob Coombs is Director of Security Marketing, Systems and Software Division at ARM and has over 20 years’ experience in mobile, embedded solutions, SoCs, software and security. Mr. Coombs previously ran the global mobile segment for ARM before being part of the exec team that started the open source organisation, Linaro. Most recently, at ARM, he has led the activities to accelerate the use and deployment of TrustZone based Trusted Execution Environments as a secure enclave for connected devices. Mr.Coombs holds a MEng in Microelectronics from Durham University and is based in the UK.
Liz Votaw is Senior Vice President, Customer Protection Strategy, responsible for developing and driving customer-focused strategies to deliver secure and convenient banking for Bank of America customers. Ms. Votaw’s career includes many years of leadership positions at Bank of America in operations, fraud prevention, risk and innovation. She also held a position at GE Capital leading Six Sigma implementation. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds an MBA from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Mr. Hong is President at CrucialTec, USA Inc. and responsible for new business incubation, developing strategic partnerships, and the marketing of new IT-related products for smart phones. Prior to CrucialTec, Mr. Hong worked at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., holding key roles in business analysis, purchasing, R&D planning, venture capital investments at the corporate office and in Samsung's Japan office.
As Vice–President of Authentication & Decision Infrastructure Solutions at Discover Financial Services, Daniel Almenara is responsible for customer authentication strategy and decision infrastructure capabilities across Discover's business lines. He is entrusted to develop Discover's risk infrastructure to manage customer risk and the authentication framework that improves customer experience while enhancing the security of the on–line and off–line interactions with Discover customers. Prior to joining Discover in July 2013, Mr. Almenara was a global client consultant at Experian and spent more than 20 years in global risk management, operations and fraud prevention roles at American Express.
Conor White is President of IdentityX and member of the Board of Directors of Daon Group. He brings to bear over 18 years of experience innovating and leading identification management technologies such as the development of biometrics, smart cards, electronic payments, PKI, information security and e-business infrastructure. Mr. White joined Daon in 2001 as Chief Technology Officer. In this role he drove the company’s strategic technical direction and vision resulting in development of groundbreaking identity assurance solutions. Expansion of this critical arena led to formation of the Daon business division IdentityX, of which Mr. White was appointed to lead as president. Mr. White is a respected speaker at international biometric and human authentication conferences and also serves on various technology standards boards both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, he is an accomplished technology inventor with 13 existing patents in the area of biometric authentication on smart, mobile devices. Mr. White’s leadership contributions were instrumental in another notable technology development: one of the world’s first open-standards-based multi-biometric authentication programs. Mr. White began his track record in leading technology innovation as Chief Architect and Engineering Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation’s global partner eCommerce Systems. He later he served as Engineering Manager at CardBASE Technologies. Mr. White holds a B.S. in Computer Applications and an M.S. in Computer Science from Cork Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Williamson is the Senior Business Leader, Enterprise Authentication Solutions at MasterCard Worldwide where he leads a team responsible for delivering innovative cardholder authentication solutions that deliver strong security and a seamless consumer experience for MasterCard cardholders. Prior to MasterCard, Mr. Williamson's career spans many years in payment security and fraud prevention. He held positions leading fraud strategy and analytics at General Electric Consumer Finance and Fifth Third Bancorp. He is an adjunct instructor at Utica College for the Master":s Program in Economic Crime. Mr. Wiiliamson's education includes a BS in Economic Crime — Computer Security and a Masters in Economic Crime Management.
At Oberthur Technologies, Philip Andreae, Vice President, Field Marketing, Payment, North America, provides clients an in-depth understanding of EMV and what it takes to introduce EMV in the U.S. He supports all of Oberthur Technologies’ EMV business development efforts and compliments and further expands and defines the company’s EMV offer in order to meet new requirements merging in the U.S. Over the last 20+ years, Mr. Andreae has been actively involved in the payment industry and the evolution of EMV. While at Europay International, he was the executive responsible for driving the creation of the consortium that developed the EMV specification. At Visa Canada, Mr. Andreae was a primary catalyst in the country’s migration to EMV. He helped define American Express’ global acquiring and issuing of EMV contact, contactless, and mobile strategies and provided management consulting and subject matter expertise in the fields of EMV, mobile, and card payments at Accenture. Mr. Andreae successfully operated as a strategic consultant in both Europe and North America and worked with clients such as AT&T, Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, Verifone, and IBM.
Asaf Ashkenazi serves as Director of product management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI). In this role he is responsible for the oversight of all security products related to QTI business, including mobile and computing. Prior to his product management role, Mr. Ashkenazi served as a lead security architect, defining QTI security solutions. Mr. Ashkenazi has more than 15 years of security experience, spanning across business management, strategic marketing, and engineering. He began his career at Motorola Semiconductor, working on innovative security hardware for mobile and embedded devices. He also served as Chief Security Architect at Freescale Semiconductor. Mr. Ashkenazi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel. He has been granted 10 U.S. patents for security architectures and solutions.
Kayvan Alikhani is senior director of technology at RSA. Prior to joining RSA in 2013, he was co-founder and CEO of PassBan (acquired by RSA in 2013), a company focused on mobile security & identity. Before starting PassBan, Mr. Alikhani was CEO of LiteScape Technologies, where he led the company’s strategy and roadmap for 9 years, creating solutions in the fields of VOIP security and mobile collaboration. Mr. Alikhani joined LiteScape from BeNotified (MagNetPoint) Software, a mobile communication solution provider which he had co-founded and served as CTO. Mr. Alikhani also co-founded and was VP of Engineering of AVIRNEX, an international provider of enhanced fixed and mobile communication services. Earlier, he served in product development roles at Microsoft and Siemens. With 25+ years of experience in software product development, Mr. Alikhani serves as technical board advisor to multiple high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Alikhani has a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.
Henry Lee is in charge of overall product security at Samsung Mobile. His global team handles security engineering, threat analysis, security and privacy impact assessment, incident response, and security certification. Prior to joining Samsung Mobile, Dr. Lee worked for the provincial government of British Columbia on various projects including the BC Services Card, Pan-Canadian strategy for identity management and authentication and the government's annual information security program. Prior to the public sector career, he founded two technology ventures specialized in information security technologies. He was also involved in the development of the first commercial CDMA mobile comunication system in 1990s. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), a certified information security manager (CISM), and a professional engineer (PEng) in software engineering.
Eric Schindewolf is senior director of Risk Products and Business Intelligence and is focused on Visa payWave and growing new contactless payment and acceptance programs. He is actively involved in developing new authentication solutions that optimize the consumer experience while minimizing fraud losses. Visa payWave technology enables contactless cards, mobile devices and micro tags to perform Visa credit, debit and prepaid transactions quickly and securely at merchant points of sale globally. Mr. Schindewolf is responsible for enhancements to the Visa payWave platform including risk scoring, strong authentication and transaction security. He also represents Visa on the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance board of directors. Mr. Schindewolf first joined Visa in 2000 to support early efforts to deploy EMV chip technology globally. He has participated in numerous EMV chip projects and helped to define Visa’s early chip standards and guidelines. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Schindewolf worked at Wells Fargo bank’s Merchant Services and Consumer Credit Card divisions. While at Wells Fargo, he successfully launched their first consumer credit EMV contact and contactless, dual-interface card program. Mr. Schindewolf is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College where he received a BA in English and Philosophy. He served in the US Navy as Electronic Technician working on cryptography and communications.
John Salter has led Yubico's authentication at scale capability globally for the past five years, bringing the YubiKey to all who need to trust the net. He has guided the development of practical low cost processes and systems to deploy large scale strong authentication across a wide range of organizations globally. Prior to joining Yubico, Mr. Salter's career spans 10 years of deep software engineering followed by 10 years of world-class sales at Oracle. For the last 14 years he has helped founder CEOs and CTOs in global tech businesses deliver their vision to customers with exits covering e-commerce, telecoms and mobile apps. Mr. Salter's BS is in Mathematics from Southampton University and MBA in finance from Cranfield.