Identix Incorporated, the world's leading multi-biometrics technology company, announced today that former Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Northrop Grumman Information Technology Homeland Security Vice President Charles (''Chuck'') W. Archer, 59, has joined the Company as Vice President, Federal Sector, effective October 18, 2004. Archer will report to Identix COO Jim Moar, and will be responsible for leading and growing Identix' Federal sector customer relations and business.
``The addition of an executive of Chuck Archer's caliber, with such direct and extensive leadership experience and contacts in the state and local, federal and international markets and the systems integrator arena, is truly a coup for Identix,'' said Identix President & CEO Dr. Joseph J. Atick. ``Chuck is an ideal leader for our fast-expanding position as the Federal marketplace's leading supplier of multi-biometric technologies and solutions. He has a reputation in Federal circles and within the Department of Justice for getting things done, and has proven himself to be both operationally effective and 100% committed to helping the Government perform better at every level. Among the roles we expect him to play are those of creating additional inroads for Identix into various government agencies, as well as further strengthening the excellent relationships that already exist and identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for inter-agency cooperation.
"Today, more than ever,'' Atick continued, "Identix' hard work, dedication and focus on providing biometrics technology that will help improve security across the Federal sector is paying dividends. We have recently secured two of the highest-profile Federal contracts for biometrics ever awarded -- the five-year Blank Purchase Agreement from the Department of Homeland Security for our fingerprint live scan systems, and the world's largest facial recognition program, for integration into the U.S. Department of State's travel document application processes. We welcome Chuck on board at this very exciting time of growth for Identix, and we expect his personal contribution to further accelerate our momentum in every one of our markets.''
From 2002 until joining Identix, as Vice President Homeland Security for Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Archer was responsible for senior marketing contacts with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, and for managing domestic and international strategic planning issues involving homeland security and criminal justice. He regularly presented to senior State and Federal government officials on Northrop's homeland security capabilities, and was an active representative on numerous industry and government committees dealing with the use and integration of biometrics and the importance of interagency cooperation.
In 1996, rounding out a highly successful 28 years of Bureau service, Archer was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of the FBI as Assistant Director In Charge of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, with oversight of all criminal justice services, including IAFIS and Uniform Crime Reporting systems. As Assistant Director, Archer managed a $300 million annual budget, and launched the $1 billion expansion, development and automation of the agency's activities that culminated in the new National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and National Instant Check System for handguns. He led a workforce of more than 3,000 FBI employees and 600 outside contractors, and established and maintained strong relationships with other Federal agencies and Congress.