Aaron Painter is the CEO of Nametag Inc, the company who invented "Sign in with ID" as a more secure alternative to passwords.
After watching too many friends and family members fall victim to identity theft and online fraud, Aaron assembled a team of security experts to build the next generation of online account protection. Nametag has a mission to bring authenticity to the internet and enable people to build more trusted relationships. They believe security should be centered around you, the user, and that your identity - like your privacy - is a valuable asset worth protecting.
Having lived and worked in six countries across four continents, Aaron exemplifies a new generation of global leaders. In his 2017 best-selling book, LOYAL, he describes his key to leadership: fostering a culture of listening. Through codifying and implementing a business framework of listening, Aaron has built success across the world.
Previously, Aaron was CEO of London-based Cloudreach, a Blackstone portfolio company, and the world’s leading independent multi-cloud solutions provider. He also spent nearly 14 years at Microsoft in a variety of product, sales, marketing, and executive leaderships roles, including: Vice President and General Manager of Business Solutions in Beijing, China, General Manager of Corporate Accounts and Partner groups in Hong Kong, Chief of Staff to the President of Microsoft International based in Paris, France, and General Manager of the Windows Business Group while stationed in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Aaron is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, Founder Fellow at OnDeck, a "Brain Trust" advisory board member at Silicon Valley Bank, a member of Forbes Business Council, and a senior External Advisor to Bain & Company, as well as was named the AWS 2019 Consulting Partner of the Year for his work at Cloudreach. A frequent media commentator, Aaron has appeared on Bloomberg and Cheddar News, and is also an active speaker, advisor, and investor to companies that are pursuing business transformation.
Aaron has built a reputation for his ability to combine international practices with local insights. He builds world-class teams that innovate and execute creatively - with humility, integrity, and enthusiasm.
The development, deployment and usage of biometrics and digital identity technologies are at a confluence: they have experienced unprecedented growth in terms of technological advancement, the breadth and array of use-cases, as well as their ubiquity - not to mention their share of public debate. With these elements in mind, we have gathered some IBIA members, representing start-ups, as well as mature companies, and several industry verticals - to discuss advancements, opportunities and challenges that face our industry... and our future.