Sonavation Announces Karl Weintz, Former Vice President of HID Global, as President & Chief Executive Officer
Company Makes Additional Executive Appointments, Strengthening Management Team
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL—January 27, 2015—Sonavation, pioneer in biometric ultrasound technology for digital security, today announced Karl F. Weintz as the company’s new president & chief executive officer (CEO), also appointing him as a board member, effective immediately.
“As we move towards a world that’s more connected than ever, security concerns are at an all-time high for businesses and consumers alike,” said Weintz. “Sonavation is committed to delivering the most secure authentication, identity and access solutions across all digital touch points by optimizing our patented 3D biometric ultrasound technology. This will ensure our users’ protection of both personal and enterprise access to online systems, documents, files and facilities. I’m thrilled to continue Sonavation’s mission of implementing the highest security standards, and to join the company at such a critical time in our development.”
Most recently, Weintz served as vice president of mobile access for HID Global, a globally trusted source for secure identity solutions, and the world’s leader in access control systems. In addition, Weintz acted as executive vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and corporate development for ActivIdentity Corporation and was instrumental in the subsequent acquisition of ActivIdentity by HID. Previously, Weintz has also acted as chief operating officer for CoreStreet, developing infrastructure products and credential validation solutions for government and enterprise applications. Holding an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Weintz has more than two decades of experience in leading security and technology businesses through hyper-growth and drastic industry consolidation.
Additional appointments to Sonavation’s management team include the following:
Karl Rauscher, Member of the Board and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board
Mr. Rauscher provides advice and oversight to global businesses and governments for strategic breakthroughs in the areas of ultra-high reliability and security across information and communications technology. He currently serves as ambassador-at-large and chief architect of Cyberspace Policy at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). While serving as chief technology officer & distinguished fellow of the EastWest Institute, he led the first track II China-U.S. bilateral on cyber-security, the guidance of which was cited by The New York Times editorial board as recommended reading for President Obama and President Xi.
Rauscher previously served as executive director of the Bell Labs Network Reliability and Security Office, and as a Bell Labs Fellow was cited for leading the first achievement of “6 9’s” availability for complex electronic systems and for architecting the development of hundreds of industry best practices for reliability and security of communications networks. He has provided expert testimony to special committees of the U.S. Congress and has served as vice chairman of president George W. Bush’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) industry executive subcommittee. Rauscher holds electrical engineering degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University, and participated in the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management executive development program.
Rob Tucker, Senior Vice President, Sales
Mr. Tucker is a veteran of the global electronic security industry, with over twenty years of experience, specializing in both logical and physical solutions. Tucker has served as the vice president of sales for NowForce, a comprehensive mobile solution for emergency response organizations, as well as for Next Level Security Systems where he was instrumental in launching one of the first cloud based access control/biometric/video technologies in the United States.
Previously, Tucker held the position of vice president of sales for Verint Video Solutions (formerly Lanex), and as a member of the executive team, successfully transformed the company from a start-up to the largest provider of video management systems in the world.
The Sonavation IDKEY™ product line is designed to provide secure authentication and protection for digital and physical environments for consumers and businesses. Solutions include both embedded and stand-alone device offerings designed to protect physical access as well as online systems, including: eCommerce, financial services, health data and other sensitive applications. For more information about IDKEY, please visit http://www.idkey.com/.
Sonavation designs and manufactures the industry’s leading biometric fingerprint sensors, utilizing ultrasound. Its surface scan and 3D sub-surface technologies are protected by 38 granted patents plus over 70 additional patents pending, making it the world’s smallest low-power ultrasound sensor. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Sonavation is committed to “Empowering Trust, Delivering Peace of Mind.” For more information, please visit https://www.sonavation.com/.