IDnow increases focus on offering for financial services sector in the UK

Hire of Mike Kiely signals major growth plans in UK and beyond

Manchester and London, 18 July, 2022 IDnow group, a leading European provider of identity proofing and digital identities, has appointed Mike Kiely as its Sales Director for Financial Services. Based in IDnow’s Manchester office, Kiely brings with him decades of experience in data and biometrics, most recently heading up Identity and Biometric sales at GBG, and will drive the firm’s substantial growth ambitions in the financial sector in the UK.  

Kiely’s appointment represents the firm’s ongoing investment into the UK market, with ambitions to become a leader in the UK’s financial services industry, and a global leader in the sector. 

Commenting on his appointment, Mike Kiely said: “As a German business, IDnow has built a platform that meets some of the world’s strictest compliance and regulation requirements, while offering the broadest portfolio of identity proofing methods. As such, it is in an incredibly unique position, able to support businesses in their identity proofing needs who are looking to scale beyond their UK territory, and into geographies that are inherently difficult to penetrate such as France and Germany.”  

“For me, this represents a hugely exciting opportunity to work with a talented team; I am able to help drive growth here in the UK thanks to the market-leading identity proofing platform IDnow offers while supporting the business to reach its global growth ambitions with a particular focus on financial services.” 

Kiely’s appointment comes after IDnow reported a significant rise in order intake for the first quarter of 2022 of 95%. 

IDnow group offers the broadest identity proofing portfolio on the continent via a single platform, from automated to human-assisted, from purely online to point-of-sale. This mirrors the trend towards the acceleration of advanced digital business models from single-product identity verification towards comprehensive identity proofing platforms. 

Benjamin Haas, Senior Sales Director at IDnow, added: “Since we acquired ARIADNEXT and IdentityTM last year, we have been immersed in our growth plans and in bolstering our position as one of the strongest identity verification and document signing players in Europe. Mike’s appointment signifies our continued efforts to establish a substantial foothold, particularly in the UK’s flourishing financial services sector. Mike’s experience will help ensure our expansion ambitions become a reality, so we’re really excited to welcome him to the team.” 


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