Business Editors/Technology Writers
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2008--Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a global provider of biometric identity solutions, announced today that James W. Ziglar, President and Chief Executive Officer, has informed the Board of Directors of his plans to retire in August 2008.
Ziglar joined Cross Match as President and CEO in August 2005. During his tenure, Cross Match transformed itself into an internationally recognized leader in biometric identity solutions for governments and commercial enterprises worldwide. The Company also has achieved industry leading growth rates by developing high quality and innovative products tailored to meet specific customer needs.
Mr. Ziglar is retiring after a distinguished 44-year career that has included investment banking, law, academia, and service in the federal government. Mr. Ziglar's most recent service in the federal government was as the last Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
"While we regret that Jim is leaving Cross Match, we certainly understand his desire to pursue other goals in his life. The Board thanks Jim for his hard work, dedication and leadership in building Cross Match into a global biometric powerhouse. The strength of the team he built has been instrumental in developing the Cross Match brand as a leader in biometric solutions, resulting in industry leading growth rates. We also recognize that Jim?s vision of Cross Match as a leader in multimodal offerings has led to Cross Match's development of best in class products that combine fingerprint, iris and facial technologies. Our products are now recognized throughout the world as being on the technological leading edge of identity management solutions," remarked Donald E. Nickelson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cross Match.
Effective upon his retirement, Mr. Ziglar has accepted an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). This prominent independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national and international levels. Mr. Ziglar will focus primarily on immigration policy and border control and security initiatives.
The Board of Directors of Cross Match has not announced Mr. Ziglar's successor.