Executive Management

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James Robell


James Robell became President and CEO of SureID, Inc. in May 2017. He joined the company in 2002 after 19 years at Intel Corporation. He was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005 after serving three years as the company's Vice President of Marketing, creating the RAPIDGate® brand and leading the company’s sales and marketing efforts.

Mr. Robell leads the company’s vision to be the “world’s trusted identity provider.” He is responsible for overseeing all facets of the company’s business including commercial platforms, a digital identity network, and fingerprinting solutions for commercial, consumer, and government customers. Mr. Robell is a member of ASIS International and a life member of the Association of the United States Army and serves on the National Board of Advisors for the FBI’s InfraGard organization.

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Sean Sullivan

CFO, Treasurer, and Executive Vice President

Sean Sullivan is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Executive Vice President of SureID, Inc. He joined the company's executive management team in 2010 after representing shareholders' interests on the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2010.

In addition to oversight of the Accounting, Finance, Investor Relations, Procurement, and Quality Management Groups, Mr. Sullivan works closely with the executive team and Board of Directors to develop and implement long-range strategic programs, on external corporate positioning, and to orchestrate new private sector business initiatives. Mr. Sullivan has served on the boards of private companies and diverse industries, including five years as a director of Eid Passport, where he worked alongside distinguished business, government, and military leaders.

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Katherine Cowan

general counsel and secretary

Katherine Cowan manages the company’s legal and government affairs and has been with the company since 2003. Previously, Ms. Cowan practiced at major law firms in California where she represented Fortune 500 companies in defense, commercial and insurance industries. She is a member of the Oregon Bar Association and the State Bar of California; the American Bar Association, Public Contracts Law Section, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Committee; ABA Cyberspace Law Committee; Women in Homeland Security; and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, through which she is a Certified Information Privacy Professional-U.S. Ms. Cowan has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition.

Ms. Cowan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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