The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has announced that Bob Eckel, president, North America, OT-Morpho, will join its Board of Directors.As president, North America at OT-Morpho, Mr Eckel leads the Biometric, Secure Credentialing and Enrollment Services business for OT Morpho. "Bob Eckel is a recognised leader in the biometrics and identity industry. He brings a deep understanding of the importance of identification in a globally connected world, not only as a business opportunity, but as a social responsibility as well," says Bob Harbour, chairman of the IBIA Board."I am delighted to be appointed to the IBIA Board," says Bob Eckel. "The biometrics and identification industry is at a pivotal moment. We are ready to offer great value in convenience and security for consumers. The IBIA provides a benchmark for the industry and makes sure the technology meets high standards and offers high value. I look forward to being part of shaping the future of this dynamic market."Mr Eckel previously served as president of the Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Systems. He joined L-1 in August 2008 as part of the acquisition of Digimarc, where he had served as president of Digimarc's Identity System business since August 2005. Prior to joining Digimarc, he served as vice president and general manager, Air Traffic Management Systems, for Raytheon Company. Mr Eckel holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.