November 08, 2018
IDnow adds top industry talent in key executive roles as identity verification-as-a-service gains momentum internationally
These hires follow IDnow’s recent launch of the industry’s first combined video and automated verification-as-a-service platform that will enable companies to verify the identities of more than seven billion potential customers online, easily and securely, in compliance with regulatory Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements across Europe and beyond. Already trusted by several hundred companies across Europe, including UBS, Commerzbank and Telefonica, the new team will bring valuable industry experience to the IDnow team as it expands into new sectors and countries, within Europe initially.
“The fact that we have attracted such senior talent to the company is testament to the opportunity for, and success to date of, IDnow,” explained Rupert Spiegelberg, CEO of IDnow. “These fantastic hires will significantly enhance our ability to deliver a first class client experience as we accelerate towards becoming the number one player in the global digital identity market.”
Vikas Seth, CPO, has almost 20 years of experience in product management working for companies such as Honeywell, EMC Data Storage Systems and AVG Technologies. He joins from Friedrichshafen-based security software vendor, Avira, where he spent three years as Director of Product Management and Engineering. Vikas Seth will assume direct responsibility for IDnow’s product strategy, product marketing and user experience design in addition to the delivery of its roadmap in the coming months and years. Reporting into the CEO and managing all product management personnel, the engineering and infrastructure teams in Germany and Vietnam will continue to report into CTO and co-founder, Armin Bauer.
Oliver Obitayo, CSO, joins from EY where he was Head of DACH Marketing, sales business development and digital transformation. Prior to EY, Oliver Obitayo held a number of CMO and other, senior sales and marketing roles at Hewlett Packard, Siemens, Unify and Testo AG. At IDnow, Oliver Obitayo’s focus will be to manage the growth and expansion of the company across industry sector and geographies, maximizing the potential of an increasing number of use cases as companies expand their go-to-market channels to include digital end user engagement.
Melanie Jungbluth, Vice President Legal, brings almost 20 years of legal experience, most recently as VP of legal affairs at leading industry analyst institution, Gartner. At IDnow, Melanie Jungbluth will focus on all legal, corporate and contractual aspects of the company as well as playing a vital role in ensuring the platform continues to meet the high security and fraud detection requirements of strictly regulated environments.
These key hires are in addition to several other recent hires in the development, operations, channel and sales teams in the last month. All new employees will be based in the company’s Munich headquarters.
About IDnow GmbH
IDnow provides the world’s most advanced machine-learning technology for its Identity-as-a-Service platform that can verify in real time the identities of more than 7 billion people from 193 different countries. Our patent-protected video identification and e-signing solutions help our clients save money, improve customer conversion rates and streamline the onboarding process. We are backed by the venture capital investors BayBG, Seventure Partner, G+D Ventures and Jet A and a consortium of well-known business angels. Founded in 2014, we already count a large and fast growing team of 300, making us one of Europe’s fastest growing fintechs. Clients are leading international blue chip companies such as Commerzbank, UBS, Sixt, Erste Bank and Telefonica Deutschland, many fintechs like Fidor, N26 and smava as well as many blockchain-based companies. IDnow was awarded “Most Successful Fintech” in 2017.
Further information available at www.idnow.io.