CFO Knut Stålen will step down from his position effective 29 February 2020. Knut Stålen has been with NEXT Biometrics since 2014. The process of appointing a new CFO is underway. NEXT’s Director of Finance, Eirik Underthun, will serve as interim CFO until a permanent appointment has been made.

Håkan Persson will join the management team as NEXT’s new Head of Sales and Strategy from 1 February 2020. Persson has extensive global technology and biometric industry experience. He was the CEO of Precise Biometrics AB during its successful transformation as a global biometric software-and solutions company and has previously held senior positions at IBM, Scalado and Telelogic.

“We are very pleased to have an experienced biometric executive like Håkan joining NEXT. His global industry knowledge and track record from business transformation will strengthen our ability to commercialize our solutions and drive growth,” said Peter Heuman, the CEO of NEXT.

“NEXT holds a leading market position based on its unique thermal technology which has been confirmed with recent announcements. I am very excited to contribute to accelerating NEXT’s growth and be part of the new leadership and strategic vision for the company,” said Håkan Persson.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

About NEXT Biometrics:

NEXT provides advanced fingerprint sensor technology that delivers uncompromised security and accuracy for the best possible user experience in the smart card, government ID, access control and notebook markets. The company’s patented NEXT Active Thermal™ principle allows the development of large, high quality fingerprint sensors in both rigid and flexible formats. NEXT Biometrics Group ASA ( is headquartered in Oslo, with sales, support and development operations in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Prague, Bengaluru and Shanghai.

For further information, please contact:
Peter Heuman (CEO),

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