LEADERSHIP

A winning team comprised of seasoned experts in cybersecurity, fraud prevention and biometrics, experienced in building successful growth companies.

Howard Edelstein

Chairman & CEO

Howard Edelstein is an accomplished corporate executive, serial entrepreneur, and investor in the financial technology industry. He was founder, president and CEO of Thomson Electronic Settlements Group (now Omgeo), CEO of BT Radianz, NYFIX and BondDesk Group. In the private equity space, he was entrepreneur-in-residence for Warburg Pincus and was later an operating partner of Advent International. In 2008, Edelstein was named one of the “15 Who Made a Difference” in the 15th Anniversary issue of Waters Magazine. The next year, Edelstein received Global Custodian’s Legends Award for industry contributions and innovations. In 2010, Edelstein received the FINTECH 25-Year Legends Award for industry contributions and innovations. Institutional Investor Magazine named him to its 2013 "Trading Tech 40" list and to its Fintech Finance 35 ranking of industry financiers in 2015. 

Avi Turgeman

Founder, CTO & Vice President of Business Development

Avi is a founder of BioCatch, and comes with over six years of experience in the military intelligence (unit 8200) as a researcher, inventor and R&D team leader. During his military service Avi became well versed in white-hat hacking, system vulnerability management, network surveillance, data mining and electronic signatures. Prior to BioCatch Avi worked in the electro-optic industry as a senior researcher. He is also the Co-Founder of VocalZoom, and was the Co-Founder & CEO of Tapingo.

Uri Rivner

Co-Founder, Chief Cyber Officer

Uri is recognized globally as an industry expert on Cybercrime and advanced threats. He is a regular speaker in the leading Security and Cyber conferences, and writes a cyber-security blog read by thousands of professionals. Prior to joining BioCatch he served as Head of New Technologies, Identity Protection at RSA. Over the years Uri worked closely with the world’s largest financial institutions on developing solutions against online crime, Phishing and Trojans, and helped other industry verticals establish an effective defense doctrine against advanced cyber threats. He was a key player in developing anti-Cybercrime technologies used today by thousands of organizations worldwide to stop billions of dollars in fraud each year and protect hundreds of millions of users.

Richard Sheldon

Chief Financial Officer

Richard is technology-focused finance and management executive. Until recently, Richard was the CFO of Complex Media, an online media company that is focused on Millenial males aged 18 to 34. Complex was sold to Verizon/Hearst in the summer of 2016 for $320M.

Prior to Complex Richard was the General Manager of Publisher Solutions at Pulsepoint Inc, where he managed the RTB Exchange, publisher development and the ad operations group. Richard was the Chief Financial Officer of CONTEXTWEB, Inc, a real-time contextual advertising network and RTB Exchange, where he helped grow the company from $3M in revenue to $40+M while raising $40M in equity and $15M in debt. In 2011 Richard merged ContextWeb with Datran Media in an industry transforming transaction to create Pulsepoint Inc. Richard has also held CFO positions at ECONnergy Energy Company, Concrete Inc. and Weatherford Global Compression Services. In addition, Richard was a business development executive at GE Capital and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in London where he became a Chartered Accountant. 

Mr. Sheldon holds a M.A. from Oxford University and a M.B.A from Columbia Business School.

Frances Zelazny

Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Frances is a seasoned marketing strategist and business development professional with nearly 20 years experience with start-up companies. Prior to BioCatch, Frances ran an independent consulting firm focused on helping early stage and midsize companies with their business and marketing strategies. Among her clients were MyCheck, a leading mobile payment technology platform, Morpho, a global biometrics and identification company, Center for Global Development, Interamerican Development Bank and others. Prior to this, Frances was Corporate Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Operations, for L-1 Identity Solutions, a premier biometrics and identity solutions company. Frances has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from New York University, and is on several corporate and non-profit boards.

Kevin Donovan

Vice President of Sales Americas

Prior to joining BioCatch, Kevin spent fifteen years building and scaling new products and markets in the cybersecurity industry. Kevin helped grow VASCO into the world leader in two-factor authentication and founded nJUVO, a security startup that protects business payments from fraud. Kevin holds a degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

Richard Perry

Vice President of Sales EMEA

Richard Perry brings 15 years experience in Senior Sales, Global Account Management and Sales Leadership roles. Before joining BioCatch, Richard was Regional Sales Manager & Global Director for Banking at Vasco Data Security where he was a key contributor to substantial revenue growth and customer acquisition across key market territories including UK, Europe and Africa. He also secured the biggest customer wins in Vasco’s history and led the Global Account Management of Vasco’s largest worldwide banking customers. Previously, Richard held strategic sales roles at Thales eSecurity, cloud security pioneer MessageLabs (acquired by Symantec) and Cable & Wireless.

Oren Kedem

Vice President of Sales, LATAM

Oren brings over 15 years of experience in product management in the areas of Web Fraud Detection and Enterprise Security. Prior to BioCatch Oren served as Director of Product Marketing at Trusteer (now part of IBM) and led the Anti-fraud eCommerce solution at RSA (now part of EMC). Oren also served at various product marketing and management positions at BMC covering the Identify and Access Management and System's Management solutions. Oren holds an MBA and BSc. In Industrial Engineering from the Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion).

Dekel Shavit

Vice President of Operations, CISO

Dekel has more than 15 years of experience as a customer-oriented operations professional, building, managing and scaling Operations groups in highly-demanding technology companies. Prior to joining BioCatch, Dekel led the Ops group at Leverate (a leading FinTech company) and was the Production Manager at DoubleVerify.

Or Chubook

Vice President, Research and Development

Since he was young, Or has had a passion for computers and at an early age he started programming. He decided to follow his passion during his military service at the IDF Intelligence Force and later in his career.
Or brings with him many years of experience in R&D from various hi-tech companies. Or likes to read and he is a news junky, especially in the field economics. During his free time he likes to play squash and table tennis.

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