At the same time the company is adding quality hires to the staff. Dan Cronin has joined the company as executive vice president of engineering. Cronin has more than thirty years of experience in the semiconductor industry, in a career spanning IBM, Motorola, Freescale and NXP, holding senior executive level positions in these companies. His initial focus will be ASIC and module design and delivery.

Zehira Dadon-Sitbon has accepted the position as vice president of Product and Program Management. She has worked in the semiconductor industry for over thirty years, running complex multi-discipline programs at large companies like Motorola, Philips, Freescale and Synaptics.

NEXT CEO Ritu Favre comments:
“The recent hires prove our ability to attract top semiconductor industry talent. We are now taking a number of steps towards becoming a leading supplier of high quality large fingerprint sensors. Production is running at high yields, and coupled with our new ASIC we are able to ramp up volumes to meet the increasing demand for our cost efficient largesize sensors.”

ABOUT NEXT Biometrics:
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 smartcards, notebooks, time & attendance, usb-sensors, smartcard readers, secure tokens and access control systems 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:  
Ritu Favre (CEO),
Tore Etholm Idsøe (former CEO),
Knut Stålen (CFO),

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