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Karl F. Weintz | President, Chief Executive Officer & Board Member

Karl has broad experience leading security and technology businesses through hyper-growth and drastic industry consolidation. He was recently COO of CoreStreet, the leader in Credential Validation solutions for Identity & Access Management technologies for cyber, homeland and physical security. He successfully grew the business to profitability and sold it to ActivIdentity, world leader in Identity Assurance software. While at ActivIdentity he ran Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Corporate Development. He was instrumental in the subsequent sale of ActivIdentity to HID Global, part of ASSA ABLOY. At HID, he was VP of Mobile Access, a strategic initiative where smart phones actuated readers and opened doors via Near Field Communication. Earlier in his career at Genuity and BBN Planet, he had P&L responsibility for various internet services including managed application services, web hosting and virtual private networks. He started his career at NASA, where he led the mechanical design, analysis and integration team for an experiment that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Karl holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School, a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, as well as a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Stanford University.

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Bruce Rector | Chief Financial Officer

Bruce oversees the finance area of Sonavation, including financial strategy and operations. He began his career as a computer engineer designing central processors for large scale computers and later traded large fixed income and currency derivative portfolios. After working at large corporations, including Unisys and Sunbeam, Bruce spent the past fourteen years as a consultant for entrepreneurial companies across a wide variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, biotech, distribution, utilities, and consumer product manufacturing. He was impressed by what he saw at Sonavation and quickly joined the management team when the opportunity presented itself. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in electrical engineering, and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Dr. Rainer Schmitt | Chief Technology Officer

With over 35 years of experience in the bio-medical industry, Rainer is a pioneer in this space and developed the physical foundations of Sonavation’s MEMs-based fingerprint technology. Prior to Sonavation, Rainer served at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest and most prestigious organization for applied research. Since 2004, Rainer is an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan.

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Benjamin Chen | EVP Business & Corporate Development

Benjamin Chen has been the Chairman, CEO, and CTO with over 25 years of experience working with startups, fortune companies and private equity focused on media, online advertising, interactive agency, enterprise software, consumer electronics, networking and data centers. Mr. Chen has served as a board member of Viggle Inc. (VGGL), a loyalty program for television and was the Founder and CEO of Mochila, a leading content syndication platform for delivering customized solutions for brand advertisers and premium publishers. Mr. Chen was the global CTO for iXL and has worked as an external entrepreneur in residence for both JP Morgan and Mission Ventures as well as acted as an advisor conducting due diligence on new business models and technologies for GE Capital.

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Todd Thibodeaux | EVP & GM, Worldwide Sales

With over 20 years of experience as a sales leader in innovative security, identity and authentication, Todd leads Sonavation’s Global Sales and Worldwide Strategic Partnerships. With his rare ability to act as a trusted advisor to his clients, Todd is a pragmatic leader that intuitively understands how to align, drive and close business by developing alliances that are beneficial to all parties.  Prior to joining Sonavation, Todd held senior management positions in sales, sales leadership and business development at industry leading technology companies SecuGen, Citrix, SecureAuth and was instrumental in building the successful exit strategies for the sale of Protocom to Actividentity and then the sale of Actividentity to HID.  Todd is known not for working “outside the box”, but rather for helping clients and partners “redefine the box”.

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Paul ChristenVP, Software Architecture

Paul is an awarded innovator and specialist in cyber-security and large scale public and private networks. On the forefront of the internet boom, Paul is known for his leading role in the architecture of one of the first regional internet service providers. While serving as Chief Architect at Mirror Image, Paul was instrumental in increasing the company’s value from $3 million to $11 billion during his tenure.  While at Cartera Commerce, Paul led the team that designed the fraud detection framework for digital rewards transactions for the world’s top airlines and banks.  Paul is the author of several patents in content delivery and bi-directional caching systems and methods to help relieve congestion in overburdened consumer networks.

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Ron Craig | VP, Engineering

With a career spanning over 37 years, Ron is a leader in software engineering. Prior to Sonavation, Ron served as Director of Engineering at Freescale Semiconducter where he led the team that was responsible for Platform Architecture Design. His leadership spanned over I.C. architecture, circuit design, QA and software. Ron started his career at Motorola, where he spent 30 years in several key Engineering roles responsible for key projects in development, manufacturing, quality, radio RF network infrastructure, customer service, and mobile products chipset architecture.