Attention Business Editors, Technology Writers
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA., September 12 /CNW/ - Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions, announced the appointment of Elaine Dezenski as senior vice president of Global Government Affairs. As head of the Washington, DC office, Ms. Dezenski will be a key leader in the company's efforts to translate government policies and requirements into solutions that advance biometrics as part of a broader, more effective approach to identity management and security. She will work closely with customers and government officials to help ensure that Cross Match continues its leadership role in the biometrics industry. Ms. Dezenski will also oversee the company's relationships with the European Union and its constituent members, furthering the company's role as a global leader in biometrics solutions.
"We are thrilled to welcome Elaine to our senior management team," said James W. Ziglar, president and chief executive officer of Cross Match Technologies, Inc. "Ms. Dezenski brings broad-based government security policy experience to Cross Match from her work at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since its inception, and in the transportation arena at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and in the private sector. This is a pivotal time for the fast-growing biometrics industry, and Elaine's skills will be an invaluable resource as we move forward with customer-driven biometrics solutions that reflect the policy objectives of our public sector clients."
Prior to joining Cross Match, Ms. Dezenski completed nearly four years of service with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, most recently serving as the acting assistant secretary for policy development within the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy. Ms. Dezenski led policy initiatives in the areas of credentialing, screening, international negotiations with the EU and Canada, and supply chain security. She also advised DHS leadership on transportation security, and immigration policy, and routinely testified before Congress on a range of homeland security issues.
Ms. Dezenski also has served as an assistant secretary for policy and planning within the Border and Transportation Security (BTS) Directorate of the DHS, and as director of maritime, land, and cargo policy at the Transportation Security Administration. Before joining DHS, Ms. Dezenski was special assistant to the administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. She began her career with the Transportation Division of Siemens Corporation.
Ms. Dezenski holds a masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Ms. Dezenski currently serves on the National Board of the Women's Transportation Seminar, a non-profit dedicated to advancing women in transportation.
Mr. Ziglar also noted that Mr. Robert Bucknam, who has headed the U.S. government affairs effort for Cross Match, has previously indicated his desire to pursue other personal and professional interests and has informed him that he will be departing Cross Match in the next few months. "Bob Bucknam has been a valuable member of the Cross Match team since he first opened our Washington office in 2002. His leadership and vision were responsible for developing and enhancing the credibility and position of Cross Match as a key provider of critical solutions across the federal sector. We will miss him and wish him well in his new endeavors," Mr. Ziglar said.