Executive Management

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Steve Larson


Steve Larson founded SureID, Inc., in November 2001 and serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board. In 1987, Mr. Larson founded Unicru, Inc., where he served as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. Unicru was the leader in Human Capital Management (HCM) automation technology, and was among Oregon's fastest-growing private companies prior to its acquisition by Kronos, Inc.

Mr. Larson has participated as a board member of several technology companies and others including COMPI and ExecuHealth. He has assisted in funding and recruiting executives and board members for numerous companies.

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James Robell

president AND CoO

James Robell joined SureID, Inc., 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 manages operations, information technology and assurance, logistics, product development, and government relations for the company, including Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security and NASA relationships. He 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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Abrar Ahmed

CIO and Senior Vice President

As Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Abrar Ahmed is responsible for cybersecurity, information technology, information assurance, and program management. Mr. Ahmed is the chair of the SureID Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee and the PKI Policy Management Authority. Mr. Ahmed joined SureID, Inc., in 2007 and has been responsible for several key programs for the company including DIACAP (Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Program)/RMF, setting up the Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) program, achieving Cross Certification with Federal Bridge as a PIV-I approved vendor, and securing product compliance for DoD/DHS regulations.

Mr. Ahmed is a member of ASIS International and is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of high-tech experience in various disciplines at Tektronix, Mentor Graphics, GeoTrust and MicroPower. He is also a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP).

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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 serves on the Board of 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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