Madon Brings Public and Private Sector Cyber Security Leadership Experience
NEW YORK, March 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VerifyMe, Inc. (OTCBB:VRME), a pioneer in patented physical, cyber and biometric technology solutions that prevent identity theft, counterfeiting and fraud, today announced that Michael Madon has joined the company's Board of Directors and will serve as its Chairman.
"Michael’s public company, government and security industry experience will add great value to our board and strengthen our corporate governance as we continue to build the company," said Paul Donfried, VerifyMe’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our security products have significant applications in the public and private sectors and we believe Michael’s deep industry expertise will support growing sales momentum at VerifyMe,” continued Mr. Donfried.
Mr. Madon is a senior strategy leader in cyber security and financial intelligence. He has 20 years of a proven track record and expertise in leading cross-functional teams to develop and create results-oriented solutions at the intersection of government and business processes, people management, and information technology.
Mr. Madon currently serves as the CEO and co-founder of Ataata, the next generation learning and engagement platform for the 21st century workforce. Before founding Ataata, Mr. Madon served as Vice President, Business Development for RedOwl, a behavioral analytics software company that addresses insider security risks.
Mr. Madon also served on the Board of Directors of TeleCommunication Systems, a world leader in secure and highly reliable wireless communication technology. In February 2016, Comtech Telecommunications Corp. acquired TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. for $430.8 million in a strategic and cash accretive transaction.
From September 2009 to May 2014, Mr. Madon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Treasury Department where he developed strategies to help the department identify and mitigate cyber risks and vulnerabilities within both the department and financial sector. In recognition of his service, Mr. Madon was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal—the Intelligence Community’s highest award. In addition, he received the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Madon has focused on cyber information issues in areas as diverse as attack, remediation, and preservation, as well as threats to critical infrastructure and supply chains. A recognized expert in the fields of cyber security and financial intelligence, he has testified before Congress on the global cyber threat and been profiled in an array of industry publications. He currently serves on The Intelligence & National Security Alliance (INSA) and is an active member of INSA’s Subcommittee on Insider Threat. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is an active member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
Mr. Madon served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army and remains an active member of the Army Reserves as an Intelligence Officer supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J2, Intelligence). He has held leadership positions in Airborne, Mechanized and Military Intelligence Units stateside and overseas. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star.
Mr. Madon holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate of Graduation from the Command and General Staff College, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Cornell University.
“I am honored to join VerifyMe’s Board of Directors,” said Mr. Madon. “The management team has created a solid foundation for future growth and the company offers a strong portfolio of security products.”
About VerifyMe, Inc.
VerifyMe is a high-tech solutions company in the field of authenticating products and people. VerifyMe's physical technology authenticates products, documents and currency with a suite of proprietary security inks and pigments. The company's digital technology authenticates people by performing strong, multi-factor verification via its patented digital platform. To learn more, visit www.verifyme.com.
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