Benji Hutchinson is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Paravision, a San Francisco based artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision (CV) company, specializing in next generation facial recognition technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT, biometrics, identity, AI, and computer vision industries supporting private and public sector customers. His current focus is accelerating growth globally, refining operations for customer success, and scaling a world class AI and CV company.
From 2016 to 2021, he led the effort within NEC Corporation of America to establish a federal government practice of identity technologies, focused on national security customers, along with a Washington DC based office. These efforts culminated with the creation of a separate foreign ownership and conflict of interest (FOCI) mitigated company, NEC National Security Systems, Inc. or NEC NSS, launched in October 2020. This wholly owned subsidiary focuses on secure and classified federal business in addition to NEC’s existing unclassified footprint in the US government space. Mr. Hutchinson was also an adjunct professor of policy and privacy for identity analysis in the graduate program of the Forensics Department at George Mason University (GMU) from 2016 to 2021. He currently serves as a Member of the Transition Advisory Board for the GMU Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center, a DHS funded Center of Excellence.
From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Hutchinson was the Senior Director for U.S. federal government national security accounts at MorphoTrust USA. He led efforts that won a key account in the Intelligence Community and oversaw the launch of the company’s first enterprise multimodal biometric cloud-based solution.
From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Hutchinson served as a Senior Biometric and Identity Intelligence Technology Consultant for the Pentagon’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He co-led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) technical team developing the “Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4715 – NATO Biometrics Data, Interchange, Watch Listing, and Reporting Standard”.
From 2006–2010, Mr. Hutchinson served as a Biometric Standards Consultant for the US Army Biometrics Task Force. During his tenure, he served as a subject matter expert for the US National (INCITS/M1) and the International (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37) Standards Bodies on Biometrics. He also chaired the US Interagency Department of Defense Biometric Standards Working Group. From 2004–2006, he served as a member of the technology team that implemented the US Department of State Consular Affairs multimodal biometric visa and passport issuance systems at various consulates and embassies around the globe.
Mr. Hutchinson holds a BA in International Economics and French, an MA in French Language and Literature, and an MA in International Affairs from the University of Kentucky. He also holds post graduate executive certificates from the Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and the Harvard Business School Online. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the International Center for Biometric Research at Purdue University, Member of the Board of Directors for the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, Chair of the Security Industry Association’s Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, Customer Experience Program. Mr. Hutchinson lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Stacey, daughter Cora, son Lincoln, and dog Sierra. His hobbies include alpine sports, live music, international travel, and European history. He is also a proud Kentucky Colonel!