Kathleen Kiernan was recently appointed onto the International Biometrics + Identity Association’s board of Directors at the 2023 Association Board Elections.

In this 2023 cycle, four candidates were on the IBIA slate — three incumbents and one new board candidate. All were elected unanimously by the Membership.

The three incumbents re-elected to staggered terms on the IBIA Board are: Donnie Scott, Chief Executive Officer of IDEMIA’s Identity and Security – North America business; Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales & Business Development for Iris ID, a leading US – based company focused on iris recognition and authentication; and Chip Merrill, Vice President for Public Sector Biometrics at HID Global, a global leader and supplier in identity and security technologies, was also re-elected.

IBIA’s newest elected Board member is Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems (NSS), a US-based subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America, which provides biometric identity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and computer vision applications for federal government agencies in the defence, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security sectors.

A 29-year veteran of federal law enforcement, Dr. Kiernan is a recognized expert in strategy development and implementation, as well as facilitating critical incident management exercises across government and the private sector. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

John Mears, Chairman of the IBIA Board and Vice President and Tech Fellow at Leidos Corporation, welcomed Dr. Kiernan as the newest addition to the Board, adding that her “expertise and experience will add another level of depth to the Association’s well of industry thought-leaders”. 

Other IBIA Board members include Bob Eckel, President and CEO of Aware, Inc., a leading authentication company applying proven and trusted adapted authentication to solve everyday business challenges with biometrics; Deep Bhatia of global electronics and manufacturing innovator Qualcomm; Michael DePasquale, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BIO-key International, a leading developer of identity and access management products and services; and Neville Pattinson, Head of Business Development and Strategic Marketing of global identity technology for the Thales Group.

“We are pleased to have the world’s global leaders in the biometrics and identity management segment as members,” said Mears. “They are key to our mission of advocacy for efficient, secure and ethical applications of the technology.”

NEC TITLE SPONSOR KEYNOTE – Kathleen Kiernan at Identity Week America 2023

Identity Week America 2023 is proud to be partnered by the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) which has a vast membership and share of U.S. biometric companies and industry players. Their new board member, Kathleen Kiernan, who long has attended and been an important part of the event with NEC, will deliver their title sponsor keynote speech to kick off the first day of proceedings for 2023.

IBIA lead a special keynote panel on Digital Identity Futures towards the end of Day 1.

3 – 4 October 2023