We are ValidSoft

We are ValidSoft

What we do

ValidSoft secures transactions with services that are incredibly simple for the user. We remove the need for PINs, passwords and security questions. Built around voice biometrics, our multi-factor authentication protects Online, Smartphone, Card and Telephone transactions. We work in the Enterprise, Financial Services and Government sectors. Companies that choose to work with ValidSoft see strong authentication and a great user experience as key to business success.

User Experience

Delivering an incredible user experience is key in ensuring a highly secure transaction for our customers. When security breaches occur the industry continues to attribute blame on users, yet we should expect little more when we continue to use PINs, passwords and security questions. With user experience at the core we ensure best practice is natural, personal and low friction for users. This leads to the user becoming the focus of the authentication and the strongest factor in transaction security.

‘As the leader in the development of multi-factor authentication solutions ValidSoft chose to develop its own voice biometric engine...’

History

As one of the pioneers of out-of-band authentication the origins of ValidSoft’s are deep rooted in securing transactions. Combining this ability to innovate and an impressive track record of securing significant volumes of users, has given us a unique understanding of the end-to-end journey of an authentication and how to ensure overall security while delivering the best possible user experience.

As the leader in multi-factor authentication solutions, ValidSoft chose to develop its own voice biometric engine, to secure all transaction channels in a way that users find natural and personal. The approach is simple, rather than authenticating static and inanimate objects, focus authentication around the human being, your users. It is this combination of expertise in the security sector, market leading voice biometric capability and a focus on user experience that has proven to be a clear differentiator for us.

Leadership Team

Pat Carroll

Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Pat is the founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of ValidSoft. He has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Financial Markets, where he has been an industry thought leader, and domain expert in security, strong authentication and voice biometrics.

At ValidSoft, he leads our endeavours in commercializing the results of our extensive research and development. Prior to founding ValidSoft, Pat was the European Head of Electronic Trading Technology, co-head of the European Equities Technology and a technical advisor to the Investment Banking Division for Goldman Sachs. Pat has further extensive Financial Services & technical experience, having worked in senior roles with J.P Morgan, Credit Suisse Financial Products and Bankers Trust Company.

Alexander Korff

Executive Director & General Counsel

Before becoming a lawyer, Alexander worked at leading UK technology companies WorldPay and Autonomy in business development roles. More recently, he practised as an English-law solicitor at law firms Clifford Chance (in several international offices) and Bird & Bird in London, specialising in contentious and non-contentious IT, intellectual property and general commercial law – predominantly for technology clients such as Google, Vodafone and Apple. Alexander has also practised law in-house with EADS Airbus.

Alexander joined ValidSoft in 2010, when it was part of the NYSE-listed Pareteum Corporation (NYSE American: TEUM), for which he has served as Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He is now an executive Board member and General Counsel to ValidSoft. Alexander has a wealth of experience in managing legal affairs, corporate restructuring, and debt- and equity-capital raising in the technology and software sectors. He advises the business on a wide range of legal, financial, commercial and public policy matters.

Simon Rich

Finance Director

Simon spent four years training as an accountant with BNY Mellon before turning his attention to management accounting in industry. A mixture of experience within retail, travel, publishing, lifestyle, and security sectors, has exposed him to a variety of challenges and taught him to find adaptive solutions.

He has experience with building financial infrastructures for a variety of small, medium and large enterprises. Much of this experience has involved resolving integration issues to provide a solid platform from which a business can make the transformation to becoming an industry leader. This stability is enhanced through constant review and development of financial and administrative procedures which in turn enable management to focus on top level decision making.

Simon adds a forensic touch to the finance function and will play a vital role in helping ValidSoft fulfil its potential.

Tim Dunn

Commercial Director

Tim has 30 years’ sales and sales management experience within the Software Industry. For the last 20 years, he has specialised in the software security sector and helped grow EMEA organisations ranging in size from start-up to >$100M multi-region sales teams of over 100 people. This has required development of go-to-market strategies, marketing communications plans and establishing key alliance partnerships and channels.

Tim specialises in businesses that are planning high growth and helps them scale to realise double and treble percentage annual growth rates. He ran the UK for Baltimore Technologies during their hyper growth stage and managed the Identity and Access Management businesses for CA Technologies and BMC across EMEA.

Tim has been involved in seeing through several company exits including OpenNetworks (sold to BMC), Clearswift (sold to RUAG AG) and iJet (sold to 3iMind). He has also been involved in acquiring companies and managing the resulting organisational integration.

​Benoit Fauve

Chief R&D Officer

Benoit Fauve leads Research and Development at ValidSoft, with a special focus on speech processing, machine learning, deep neural networks and artificial intelligence. He has been with ValidSoft since 2010 helping to establish the company as a leading provider of multi-factor authentication and voice biometrics solutions.

Benoit oversees the development of the company’s core voice biometrics engine. His role includes managing the design, implementation and delivery of high-performance voice biometrics products, as well as managing strategic R&D collaborations with external partners, and developing the company IP and patent portfolio. He holds a PhD for his work on speaker verification and has significant commercial experience in speech recognition and acoustic monitoring.

Jon Alford

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO Jon oversees ValidSoft’s QA, delivery and cloud service operations strategy, with an emphasis on building secure, reliable and scalable SaaS and in-house services for our customers. Jon combines a depth of experience with strong architecture, technical leadership and design skills.

During his career he has taken architecture, analysis, design and development roles on projects and programmes in the finance, telecommunications, security and health sectors. His experience ranges from small systems for specialised users, up to very large corporate applications for financial institutions and utilities. Jon has a proven background in the delivery of solutions across a range of technical assignments, utilising a wealth of experience in client management across a range of business sectors.

​Daniel Thornhill

SVP Global Pre/Post-Sales & Business Development

Daniel Thornhill is a veteran technology innovator with more than 18 years’ experience in leading edge technology companies. As SVP of Pre/Post Sales and Business Development at ValidSoft, Daniel helps our customers achieve their goals through our technology.

Prior to joining ValidSoft, Daniel held a number of senior technical and management positions in both the Telecoms and Financial Services industries including companies such as BT and Deutsche Bank.

He is passionate about applying disruptive technologies to solve complex business problems, enabling progress through innovation. Daniel has multiple roles and represents ValidSoft as an executive, a technical expert, an innovator, and a customer ambassador.

John Petersen

Chief Operating Officer

John Petersen is Chief Operating Officer for ValidSoft Limited and is a founding member of the ValidSoft team, having joined the company prior to its official launch in 2003. John comes from a background of Information Technology consulting within the Financial Services industry, both in Australia and the UK. Prior to joining ValidSoft John worked as a consultant to UK financial services organisations for both Logica CMG, the worldwide IT solutions group and Cap Gemini, Europe’s largest IT outsourcing, solutions and consulting group. Before moving to the UK in 1998 John worked as a senior IT manager for a major Australian insurance and financial services group, responsible for IT strategy and development.

Douwe Korff

Data Protection Officer

Douwe Korff is a Dutch comparative and international lawyer specialising in human rights, with an emphasis on privacy rights and data protection. An alumnus of the Free University of Amsterdam and the European University Institute in Florence, he is emeritus professor of international law at London Metropolitan University and a visiting Fellow at Yale.

He has written numerous publications on human and digital rights issues for the Council of Europe, the European Union (Commission and Parliament), the UK Information Commissioner, the UN (ITU) and the Commonwealth. He works closely with digital rights groups including Privacy International, Statewatch, European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Foundation for Information Policy Research, etc., in countering the risks to fundamental rights of new technologies, including “Big Data” datamining, “profiling” and algorithmic decision-making.

He was the leading European lawyer in the establishment of the EU-backed European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe) scheme and remains an accredited EuroPriSe legal expert. In that capacity, he helped ValidSoft obtain four EuroPriSe seals for its voice biometric and “device trust” solutions – more than any other company. Douwe joined ValidSoft as Data Protection Officer in 2018 to ensure that ValidSoft, and its solutions, offer the highest standards of privacy protection.

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