From year 1991 to 2013, Mr. Campbell Kan worked his way from a software engineer to become head of global operations for ACER, one of the world leading manufacturers of PC’s.  In this position (2011-2013) he managed ACER’s Products, logistics, procurement and quality assurance functions worldwide. He will now plan, build and manage growth of the same functions  within NEXT BIOMETRICS GROUP.

Additionally Campbell will assume responsibility of NEXT Sales in Asia.  He has throughout his career built a strong and trusted name among Asian TIER-1’s in the notebook, tablet and smartphone space. In addition to management of the NEXT Asian sales force, he will personally handle the major and strategically important TIER-1 acccounts.

Throughout his career Campbell has held key engineering and operations positions within ACERS divisions handling PC’s, tablets, smartphones and internet of things.

His detailed understanding and established network within these markets will further strengthen the NEXT organisation.

He will be based in Taipei/Taiwan.


NEXT CEO Tore Etholm Idsøe comments:  «As NEXT targets to serve multiple high-volume, demanding TIER-1 accounts, we have for some months been seeking to strengthen the operations part of our organisation.  Our strategy has been to seek such resources outside the fingerprint industry – from more mature high-volume segments in the IT-industry.  Campbell’s long and successful track-record within the highly competitive PC-industry makes him ideally suited to run our operations, and make sure that we deliver high quality, at the right time and cost.

Additionally, we strongly believe Campbell’s understanding of the notebook, tablet and smartphone space in combination with his reputation within these industries will perfectly match the NEXT high quality solutions.

It is with great joy we welcome Campbell as a part of the NEXT top management.»

CAMPBELL KAN comments: «Having studied the NEXT Technology and their management approach to the market, I am thrilled about the huge business opportunities and am honored to join this company.  Here I can enjoy being a part of a fast moving team, with a unique technology in a fast growing market.  Along with the NEXT CEO I truly believe I can make significant contributions capitalizing on my broad experience in operations and product management within major NEXT segments like notebooks, tablets and smartphones.»


Enabled by its patented NEXT Active Thermal principle, NEXT Biometrics ( offers high quality area fingerprint sensors at a fraction of the prices of comparable competitors. A wide range of product formats including Smartphones, Tablets, PC’s, Doors, Time registration systems, Wearables, Payment terminals, Flashdrives, USB-tokens, Key fobs and many more are targeted.

NEXT BIOMETRICS GROUP ASA is a publicly listed company headquartered in  Oslo, Norway and with sales, support and development subsidiaries in Seattle,  Silicon Valley, Taipei, Prague and Shanghai.

Media and Investor contacts for NEXT Biometrics: Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, and Knut Stalen, CFO,

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