Executive Council

Executive Director
Brett McDowell
The FIDO Alliance

Brett McDowell is FIDO Alliance’s executive director, the organization he helped establish in 2012 to remove the world’s dependency on passwords through open standards for strong authentication. Previously, he was head of ecosystem security at PayPal, where he developed strategies and launched initiatives to improve internet security. Mr. McDowell has extensive experience leading cybersecurity coalitions, having held various leadership roles in NSTIC IDESG, DMARC.org, M3AAWG, NCSA, StopBadWare.org, Kantara Initiative, and Liberty Alliance. Mr. McDowell is a fellow at the National Center for Digital Government at UMASS and serves on the Boston Federal Reserve Bank’s Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup.

Sam Srinivas
Product Management Director, Information Security, Google

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.

Sean Estrada
Head of Industry Security Engagement, Amazon

Sean Estrada is Head of Industry Security Engagement, where he is responsible for driving Amazon’s engagement with security standards organizations and alliances. As a member of the Information Security team, he is an internal subject matter expert and leader in payment security risk and controls, and security’s liaison to legal and public policy teams across Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon, he worked for American Express as a founding member of the PCI Security Standards Council, advocating for a risk-based approach to securing payments. Sean holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Information Systems from the University of Southern California, and is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and certified information systems auditor (CISA).

Alain Martin
VP, Strategic Partnerships, Gemalto

Alain Martin is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and represents Gemalto with international organisations such as Visa or MasterCard, FIDO and European bodies in the scope of the PSD2 regulation. Prior to this, he was responsible for the portfolio of mobile financial services products, addressing the mobile payment needs of banks, mobile operators and transport operators. He was for eight years regional manager for Gemalto’s POS terminal division in charge of sales, services and customer support as well as local product customization, across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Overall, Mr Martin has 29 years of experience in the payment industry, 3 of which spent in the USA, primarily on the introduction of smart cards for electronic purse programs. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.

Joe Pennisi
Distinguished Engineer, Executive Director of Software & Systems Security, Lenovo

Joe Pennisi has established a substantial reputation for his Personal Computer technical expertise over the past 25 years. Since joining IBM in 1991, he has held technical leadership positions in desktop system development, software development and system and software security. He is currently a Distinguished Engineer within Lenovo’s Ecosystem & Cloud Services business and owns responsibility for developing and driving Lenovo’s Security strategy for its Personal Computer and Windows Ecosystem & Cloud Services businesses. His expertise spans multiple knowledge domains within the PC industry, from his foundation of system design experience in hardware, ASICs, logic boards and BIOS, to system manufacturing and system service, application software architecture, development and processes. Throughout these activities he lead many of the security initiatives in both hardware and software – from developing IBM’s first pluggable TPM designs, to driving all IBM/Lenovo commercial fingerprint initiatives since first introduced in ThinkPad in 2004. He continues to influence and drive security into products from hardware to BIOS to software. His presence in FIDO as a founding Board member can be traced back to his first introduction to the concept in 2010, and is driven by his recognition of how this standard benefits the entire on-line authentication ecosystem.

Ramesh Kesanupalli
Co-Founder, FIDO Alliance
Founder, Nok Nok Labs

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. It was during this time at Validity Sensors that Mr. Kesanupalli first had discussions with Michael Barrett (CISO of PayPal) and Taher Elgamal (inventor of SSL) on the core concepts for what would eventually become the FIDO specifications. 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.

Board Member Representatives

Michael Armentrout
Regional Marketing & Business Development Manager, Infineon Technologies Americas Corporation

Michael Armentrout is Regional Marketing & Business Development Manager for Embedded Security Products in North America for Infineon Technologies. He is responsible for security microcontrollers sold for consumer product authentication, IoT security, and mobile security. Mr. Armentrout has 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry and has held product management roles in the wireless and security products industries. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Portland State University.

Rusti Baker
Head of Security Ecosystem and Partnerships, Arm Holdings

Ms. Rusti Baker has led Security Ecosystem and Partnerships at Arm since 2016; she was previously Director, Segment Marketing at Arm. Ms. Baker is responsible for development of go to market strategy, ecosystem and standards engagement related to new security architecture for Arm’s Client group. Ms. Baker joined Arm from Google, where she led the Content Ecosystem team for Motorola Mobility from 2006-2012. Ms. Baker has previously served as chair of GlobalPlatform’s Premium Content Task Force, she also delivered the keynote for the 4th annual TEE Seminar.

Abbie Barbir
Senior Security Adviser, Global Information Security, Aetna

Abbie Barbir is a member of Aetna Global Information Security where he serves as a Senior Security Advisor in the areas of Identity Management, Mobile devices and Authentication. Mr. Barbir has extensive experience in identity and access management. He has worked with many standard organizations on developing next generation authentication technologies. Mr. Barbir holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA. In his more than 25 years in the software and security industry, he has been a professor of Computer Science, an application developer, data compression and encryption inventor, systems architect, security architect, engineering manager, consultant, author, and inventor of numerous security algorithms and articles.

Wil Bennett
Vice President, Enterprise Security Group, USAA

Wil Bennett is Vice President, Enterprise Security Group, where his responsibilities include establishing and maintaining an enterprise-wide information risk security program while ensuring tight linkage with the overall corporate strategy. Mr. Bennett’s career includes over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in network prevention. Mr. Bennett holds a baccalaureate degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Electronic Commerce from Colorado Technical University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Karen Chang
Vice President, Egis Technology Inc.

Karen Chang focuses on international collaboration and government relationships at Egis Technology Inc. She previously served for government agencies such as the Office of Science and Technology and Ministry of Economic Affairs. Ms. Chang is deeply involved in the ICT industry, such as information security, e-government applications, open data and big data policy. (In 2015 and 2016, Taiwan won top 1 of OKFN Open Data Index among 146 countries in the world.) Ms. Chang is currently the Chairperson of the Business Case/Application Working Group of Asia PKI Consortium (APKIC), FIDO Alliance Liaison Officer to APKIC, Project Consultant of Academia Sinica of Taiwan, Chairperson of FIDO-PKI Integration Working Group in Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards, and the Advisor of TWCERT/CC.

James Cole
Senior Director, Security Architecture and Strategic Planning, Platform Security Division at Intel Corporation

James Cole, Senior Director Security Architecture & Strategic Planning and the Global Security Domain Lead at Intel Corporation is responsible for various aspects of Intel’s security portfolio along with strategic alignment and leadership across the company for security related technologies. Mr. Cole has over 20 years of experience as a senior technical and business leader at Intel in a variety of business units and functional roles from strategy and marketing to technical leadership positions. Mr. Cole and his team currently drive security strategy and define the security solutions spanning the Intel product lines and business units. Mr. Cole has a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University along with an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Brad Doctor
Senior Director of Security Architecture and Engineering, VMware

Brad Doctor is an innovative security professional with over 20 years of experience. As the Sr. Director of Security Architecture and Engineering currently for VMware and previously for Level 3 Communications, Mr. Doctor has been at the forefront of cloud security architecture and engineering for nearly 10 years, and has led design and engineering efforts for several commercially available security products and services. With nearly 20 patents in various technology domains Mr. Doctor not only leads, he innovates and influences the cloud security industry.

John Fontana
Identity Evangelist, Yubico

At Yubico, John Fontana focuses on the evolution of authentication and cultivating awareness around emerging standards-based authentication options that present security and privacy enhancements for both enterprises and individuals. In addition, he uses his media and social media expertise to spread understanding of identity and strong authentication and how they improve online security. He uses all he’s learned to tell stories about great technology, to build relationships and to earn trust. His goal is to make businesses and organizations smarter about technology’s benefits with the belief that smart people will encourage smart products. Mr. Fontana spent the first 12 years of his career in the newspaper business only to discover the Internet in the early 90s, where he realized that newspapers had become “yesterday’s news on your doorstep today.” He spent the next 15 years reporting/writing/publishing in print and online for tech publications, where he focused on enterprise topics including collaboration, directories, network infrastructure, databases, open source, ERP and security. He covered IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Red Hat, Google, and countless startups – many of which exploded when the first tech bubble burst. His work has appeared in the New York Times, CNN, CIO, Mashable, and the Huffington Post. He continues to pen the Identity Matters blog on ZDNet. In the summer, you’ll find him climbing mountains on his bicycle. In the winter, you’ll find him skimo racing in the high mountains of Colorado or adventure racing up and down a frozen stratovolcano in northwest New Mexico.

Benoit Grangé
Vice President and CTO, OneSpan

Benoit Grangé serves as Vice President and CTO of OneSpan, where he sets the vision and leads execution of the global product strategy, manages product development and R&D strategies and processes, and advises the company on strategic alliance partnerships and M&A activities. Mr. Grangé has been with OneSpan since 1999, and prior to his current role, has held positions of Director of Software Development and R&D Manager for OneSpan. In these roles, he has driven the development of new solutions to address new market needs; developed key OEM partnerships; structured and led R&D teams; defined, established and supervised global and local strategies for product design and development; and established and managed OneSpan’s international R&D centers across EMEA and APAC. Prior to OneSpan, Mr. Grangé was a lead engineer at DMIC, where he was responsible for designing, specifying and developing new software products in authentication, including Secret Key Exchange tools and OTP-based Single Sign On. Mr. Grangé’s extensive technical and product management skills cover the entire software life cycle, and software skills include Secret and Public Key Infrastructure, TCP/IP socket programming, EMV-CAP, Hardware Security Modules. Mr. Grangé holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from University of Bordeaux.

Jung Sub Han
Head of Fintech Business Department, BC Card Co., Ltd

Jung Sub Han is Head of the Fintech Business Department at BC Card. He develops new technologies for payments and authentication as well as new Fintech business models. Prior to BC Card, Mr. Han worked for Initech, Smartro and K-Bank as a director. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Brad Hill
Engineer, Facebook, Inc

Brad Hill (@hillbrad) is an engineer working on Facebook’s identity products.

Dongpyo Hong
Chief Alliance Officer, Raonsecure

Dongpyo Hong is Raonsecure’s CAO (Chief Alliance Officer) for business collaboration with global customers and partners related with FIDO ecosystem. In addition to his role in Raonsecure, He currently acts as FIDO evangelist and contributes to the FIDO ecosystem in Korea as Vice Chairman of FIDO Forum Korea (FFK) that is the only Korean liaison partner with FIDO Alliance. Serving previously as board of director at FIDO Alliance from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Hong initiated and established relationships among many current FIDO members and host the first FIDO annual meeting outside the U.S. Mr. Hong formerly worked at CrucialTec as president of CrucialTec USA and successfully commercialized its biometrics solution with global handset manufacturers. While at Samsung Electronics (Japan & Korea), he played a key role of R&D Planning, product planning, and purchasing for Samsung handset division over 16 years.

Based on Mr. Hong’s influential global business network and insights gained from various industry sectors, he founded Global PD, Inc. in 2016 and has been helping tech company’s business incubation especially for their biometrics, security, and IoT solution. He recently nominated by TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association) as a ICT International Standardization Expert in Korea.

Dana Huang
Partner Director of Software Engineering, Microsoft Cloud & AI

Dana Huang is a Partner Director of Software Engineering in Microsoft Cloud & AI organization, with primary responsibilities in Core Platform Security and Enterprise. In her role, she leads a group of security experts and developers to deliver core Operating System security solutions that power and protect systems, Azure cloud, intelligent edge devices, and customers. With the high demand and ever growing threats in cyber security world, her group is in the front of protection at a wide range that includes identity, credential protection, data protection, integrity protection, threat isolation, trust management, and hardware and services protection. In addition, her team provides solutions to move enterprise customers to the connected modern (cloud & data) world. Dana Huang has 24 years professional experience in software engineering and research, half of which in the security fields. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Utah State University and a BS. Biomedical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Naohisa Ichihara
Manager, Security Department, LINE Corporation

Naohisa Ichihara is currently the manager of the Application Security Team at LINE Corporation. He first started working as an engineer at major system integrator NTT DATA in 1995, where he was engaged in smart card OS and service security design, vulnerability countermeasure programs, and a project to acquire Common Criteria certification. From 2006 to 2010, Ichihara was involved in NFC technical use standardization activities as a member of the NFC Forum, and from 2006 until the present he has variously served as the project leader or project manager in smart card, NFC, web application and mobile application system development projects and security consulting work.

David Kelts, CIPT
Director | Architect | NORAM Civil Digital Identity at Idemia

David sets the vision and leads Mobile Driver License (mDL) and online identity product architectures at Idemia. He is the Principal Investigator on two NSTIC grants, bringing quantified identity proofing into consumer online identity. David leads the United States’ efforts to standardize Mobile Driver License through ISO 18013 working groups (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10 and SG1). He holds 3 patents in Digital Identity. As a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, he has spoken extensively on identity privacy and has been responsible for baking privacy into Idemia solutions. David’s experience includes speech recognition, telephony, and audio processing systems design for the Macintosh platform, and is a Mac programmer by training. David holds a Computer Science Degree from Brandeis University and has done advanced studies in Computer Architecture at Harvard University and in Strategic Leadership at Cornell University. He lives near Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is proud father of both twins and triplets.

Bill Leddy
Principle Technical Product Manager, Visa Inc.

Bill Leddy is a Senior Director in Risk and Authentication Technology at Visa. He was an early contributor to the FIDO vision prior to the launch of the alliance. Mr. Leddy has substantial experience in software development, development management and product management at several startups and large companies. Mr. Leddy has a BSEE from Rice University.

Henry Lee
Senior Vice President, Mobile Security Technologies, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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.

Hubert Le Van Gong
Senior Crypto Architect, Paypal

Dr. Le Van Gong is Senior Crypto Architect at PayPal where he helps define PayPal’s long term security strategy. He is also leading R&D projects that focus on leveraging the latest advancements in cryptography to further secure online transactions. Prior to PayPal, Dr. Le Van Gong has held various positions at Sun Microsystems, Neustar as well as Sony Electronics. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Paris, France.

Salah Machani
Director of Technology, RSA

Salah Machani is Director of Technology at RSA. His is responsible for RSA’s Identity and mobile products strategy and engineering. Mr. Machani has more than 20 years of experience in mobile technology, information security, and identity & access management. Prior to joining RSA, Mr. Machani held executive and senior R&D positions at Diversinet and Schlumberger/Sema Group Telecoms. He has contributed to the development of industry-leading open standards in several organizations, including IETF, OATH, OMA/WAP Forum, SMS Forum, CDG and FIDO Alliance. Mr. Machani holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, a Master Degree in Computer Engineering and (ISC)2 CISSP/ISSAP certifications.

Dr. Giridhar D. (Giri) Mandyam
Chief Security Architect – IoT and Automotive, Qualcomm

Dr. Giridhar D. (Giri) Mandyam is the Chief Security Architect for all IoT and Automotive products that Qualcomm produces. He has also worked at Rockwell International, Texas Instruments and Nokia. In addition to being Qualcomm’s Advisory Committee representative to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), he has served as Chair of the W3C Geolocation Working Group. He has also served Chair of the S34-3 Ad Hoc Group on Presentation Logic and Service Frameworks for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and was a key contributor in development of the ATSC 3.0 specification. Dr. Mandyam is inventor or co-inventor of more than 45 issued US patents, and was recognized in 2017 by Qualcomm with the IP Achievement Award. He has also published over 80 conference and journal papers, and 5 book chapters. He is a co-author of the text Third-Generation CDMA Systems for Enhanced Data Services (Academic Press, 2002). He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Koichi Moriyama
Senior Director of Product Innovation, Product Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC.

Mr. Moriyama is Senior Director of Product Innovation, Product Department at NTT DOCOMO, INC. and responsible for the innovation of its devices and platform software. He is also responsible for the partnerships that support NTT DOCOMO’s innovation goals, including those related to FIDO standards. Mr. Moriyama has previously held positions with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Inc. and Sony Corporation, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Keio University, and was a visiting research scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology while he was at Sony Corporation.

Sami Nassar
Vice–President & General Manager, NXP Semiconductors

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.

Matthieu Nunnink
Lead Architect for Identity and Access Management, ING Bank

Matthieu Nunnink is the Lead Architect for Identity and Access Management at ING Bank. He is responsible for the architecture and implementation of the various IAM services (Identity, Authentication, Authorization, and Cryptography). In addition to this role, he is ING Bank’s representative on the FIDO Alliance Board of Directors, which aims to simplify online authentication. Prior to this role he has held several positions in online banking, innovation, security and infrastructure. Mr. Nunnink received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Amsterdam. More information can be found on his LinkedIn profile: nl.linkedin.com/in/mnunnink

Brian Piel
Director, Identity Solutions, Mastercard

Brian Piel leads platform strategy and innovation within the Identity Solutions organization at Mastercard. In this role, Brian and his team are responsible for the creation of safe, simple and smart authentication and digital identity solutions for Mastercard products, customers and cardholders globally, while ensuring the highest level of interoperability through industry standardization. Mr. Piel has over 17 years of experience in several industries including payments, technology services, and travel and tourism, and has held many roles within product innovation, solution architecture and technology delivery.

Niklas Strid
Senior Vice President, Business Line PC and Embedded, Fingerprint Cards

Niklas Strid has worked with FingerPrint Cards since 2014 in roles including VP Customer Projects and Senior VP Business Line PC and Embedded as well as Acting Senior VP Business Line Smartcards. Prior to joining FingerPrint Cards, Mr. Strid was a Senior Project Manager at ST-Ericsson. He also holds an MSc in Electronics Engineering from the Lund Institute of Engineering, Sweden.

John Timar
Director, Information Security, American Express

John Timar leads the Information Security Architecture and Strategy group at American Express and is responsible for leading a team of security professionals who define security architecture for strategic platforms and represent American Express in industry organizations. John has over 20 years of InfoSec experience in the financial industry and chairs the FIDO Board EMVCo Committee. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University and is a CISSP and ISSAP.

Ray Trent
Principal Architect, PC Division, Synaptics Incorporated

Ray Trent is responsible for software and security architecture of Synaptics' products for PCs, peripherals, and broad market applications, including TouchPads, fingerprint sensors, and FIDO devices. Ray has worked for Synaptics for 22 years, initially designing and implementing TouchPad device drivers for Windows, then managing the software team, after which he transitioned to an architect role. Ray holds more than 20 patents related to Synaptics' products and innovations. Prior to Synaptics, he worked at SRI International, implementing distributed databases, expert systems, and embedded OS's. Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology.

Conor White
President, Daon

Conor White is President of Daon’s America’s Business and member of the Board of Directors of Daon Group. Mr. White is responsible for all business activities for the Americas region of Daon. Prior to taking on this role, he joined Daon in 2001 as Chief Technology Officer. In that role he drove the company’s strategic technical direction and vision resulting in development of groundbreaking identity assurance solutions such as IdentityX. Mr. White is an accomplished inventor with multiple patents and a respected speaker at international biometric and human authentication conferences. Mr. White holds a B.Sc. in Computer Applications and an M.Sc. 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.

Tibi Zhang
Vice President, Managing Director of International Business, Feitian Technologies

Tibi Zhang is the Vice President, Managing Director of Feitian International Business. In this role, she is responsible for driving strategic direction, business development, and overseas market expansion for Feitian’s entire portfolio across the spectrum of online banking, PKI initiatives, multi-factor authentication, mobile security and payment, cloud authentication server, EMV innovation payment solution, powered card with display, BLE connection and biometric authentication, and the ongoing evolution of FIDO authentication through best-of-breed security hardware, software and services. She has worked with Tier-one service providers and leading enterprises across the globe to deliver innovation, value and growth to Feitian’s valued customers and partners. Ms. Tibi holds a Masters Degree of Information Systems Engineering from University of Manchester in UK.

Judy Zhu
Standardization Director, Alibaba

Judy Zhu is the Standardization Director of Alibaba and is a senior expert in security. She leads a team responsible for Alibaba’s security standard, E-commerce and financial standard, infrastructure standard and IoT standard etc. Ms. Zhu has 15 years of professional experience in standardization and telecommunications. She is an Advisory Board Member of the W3C and the Operator Area Director of ONF. She is an advisor of the China National Information Technology Standardization Committee. She served as the 3GPP TSG SA3 Vice Chairperson from 2013-2014, Vice Chairperson of the CCSA TC5 WG5 from 2002 to 2008, Vice Chairperson of the CCSA TC8 WG4 since the beginning of 2010, and was the NGMN P-SEC security project leader from 2008 to 2009.

Ms. Zhu joined Bell-labs in 2001 and worked there for seven years. From 2008-2014 she was employed by Alcatel-Lucent, and then from 2008-2014, she worked for China Mobile. She joined Alibaba in 2014.