HID Appoints Executive Vice President Of Intellectual Property

IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2004 – HID, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, today announced that Tam Hulusi, Ph.D., has joined the company as executive vice president of intellectual property. In his new position, Hulusi will work to develop and expand the value of HID's worldwide technology assets for customers and partners by optimizing the value-added component of current developments, and harnessing new technologies by bringing them into the marketplace. Hulusi will report directly to Denis Hébert, president of HID.

Denis Hébert, president of HID, explained that the new technology in HID's product lines such as smart cards and connectivity is headlining the importance of the formal and strategic management of technology assets.  "The rapid growth in our technology created the need for a high-level executive to guide us as we accumulate IP through developments, investments, licensing and distribution agreements.  We see this new position as both strategic for HID and essential for our customer security and satisfaction.  We want HID customers to continue to have as much confidence in HID's ability to lead in secure identification technology, as they have in the quality of our products and services," said Hébert.

Hulusi was previously president and board member of SMF Systems Technology Corporation, a government IT systems contractor.  Before that, he was president and chief executive officer at Newmark Technology, an international wireless technology systems manufacturer.  Hulisi has also held executive level positions at Honeywell International, Controls Division (formerly ADEMCO Group), Group 4 Securitas (International), and Centronics, Inc.

"We are fortunate to add an executive of Tam's stature and background to the HID management team," said Hébert. 

"From my own experience in the wireless and security industries, I am well aware of the heritage of innovation and technology leadership at HID.  I look forward to working with the team to create the next wave of high-value solutions for HID's customers through the adoption of new technologies," said Dr. Tam Hulusi. 

A graduate of Harvard Business School, Hulusi earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and his master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.