Executive Management Team

Yossi Zekri

President & CEO

Yossi joined the Acuant team in May 2008. As a seasoned executive leader, he is passionate about driving innovation and utilizing technology to solve real world problems in the burgeoning digital economy. He has guided Acuant’s evolution into a complete Identity Platform. Yossi’s extensive management experience includes many years at the helm of IPD and Maxsys Technologies, as well as Vice President & General Manager of Federal Mogul FP Diesel division. Yossi holds a B.S. in biological science and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Kevin O'Connor


Kevin leads Acuant’s finance organization. As a veteran finance executive, he is focused on scaling technology companies for growth and delivering shareholder value. Most recently, Kevin was CFO at Ytel and previously has held finance and accounting roles with Synaptics, Conexant and Telogis. A licensed CPA (California), he began his career with Deloitte where he worked with a portfolio of technology clients. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Stephen Maloney

Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer

Stephen joined Acuant in May 2016 with the acquisition of AssureTec. Prior he was Co-founder, Director and President of SolutionPoint International, a diversified security and risk management company, and Chairman of Design2Launch, a pioneer in digital workflow software that was sold to Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK). As EVP Chief Revenue Officer, a leader in explosive detection services, he was at one of the first companies to receive Safety Act certification by DHS. Earlier he co-founded and was CEO of i3 Mobile, a leader in wireless information leading the company to a successful IPO (NASDAQ:IIM). He graduated from Fordham, has an M.B.A. and holds or has held TS clearance.

Jose Caldera

Chief Product Officer

Jose Caldera has been developing products for the last 20 years. An entrepreneur at heart, his focus has always been on the Enterprise, developing products and services for Information and Payments Security, Risk Mitigation and Compliance. He started in application and network security, later moving on to payments, virtual currencies, anti-fraud, and anti-money laundering. He has developed and marketed products for a number of silicon valley companies including Securify, McAfee and IdentityMind. Jose earned a Masters of Science in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.

Glenn Larson

Vice President of Engineering

Glenn is responsible for leading product engineering for Acuant. With more than 30 years of experience in software and hardware product engineering, he is highly knowledgeable in the digital imaging field, with expertise in identification document security and authentication, image analysis and processing, and optical character recognition. He joined Acuant through the acquisition of AssureTec. Previously, Glenn was part of the founding team at Imaging Automation and has also served in technical leadership capacities at MCI and Virtual Access Networks.

Sanjay Nichani

Vice President of Computer Vision and Machine Learning Initiatives

Sanjay has more than 25 years of technology experience and 40 patents issued, with a track record of building innovative solutions to solve challenging technological problems. He is responsible for leading Acuant’s machine learning initiatives and developing groundbreaking identity technology for today’s digital economy. Previously, Sanjay led the R&D team at Mitek Systems, where he applied deep learning technologies to identity verification. He was founder and CEO at Merakona, an access control technology company, and held positions at Cognex Corp. Sanjay holds a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA from Babson College.

Varun Garg

Vice President of Innovation and Technology

Varun is responsible for driving innovation and technology initiatives at Acuant. He is a hands-on technologist with more than a decade of experience building identity verification solutions, with a focus on delivering best-in-class products. Varun spearheaded the development of Acuant’s cloud and mobile technologies and helped launch and transition Acuant’s core business to SaaS. Since joining Acuant in 2010, he has held positions in engineering, product management and pre-sales. He holds a master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ilana Ben Itzhac

Vice President of Software Engineering

Ilana is responsible for software development at Acuant and leads the engineering team in Israel as the GM. She brings more than 30 years of experience in software engineering with diverse expertise in software systems, development and rapid product development. Ilana is focused on developing high-quality, easy-to-use software solutions for the digital identity market. Previously, Ilana developed imaging products at Scitex and held positions at various technology startups. She holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Malini Gujral

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Malini leads global marketing at Acuant, including managing the brand, go-to-market strategies, demand generation, digital marketing, field sales support, corporate communications and analyst relations. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, she is responsible for developing the global marketing strategy in coordination with sales, engineering and product management to drive business growth. Previously, Malini has worked with startups, premier global brands and service providers to successfully build and lead marketing teams to grow businesses. She holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University in strategy and marketing.

Kevin Vreeland

Vice President of Sales

Kevin is a proven industry leader with more than 20 years of technology sales experience. He is responsible for expanding Acuant’s global sales footprint, customer acquisition and sales enablement. His focus is building and managing a best-in-class sales team to generate revenue growth while meeting customer needs. Kevin joined Acuant through the acquisition of AssureTec and has a history of working in the security and SaaS industries to build profitable organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Northeastern University.

Kevin Courtney

VP Product Management - IDV

Kevin leads product management for Acuant, with a focus on bringing new products to market and expanding the company’s market share. With more than 15 years of experience in enterprise software product management and a deep understanding of the software development lifecycle, Kevin has successfully taken products from infancy to market leader. Previously, he held product management positions at Vertex, Iron Mountain, Experian and Oracle. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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