James Stickland

Chief Executive Officer

A seasoned executive in financial technology, James Stickland is tasked with driving business revenue and investment growth, as well as leading the company’s global go-to-market strategy for its flagship solution, VeridiumID. Based out of the company’s London headquarters, James comes to Veridium from the UK-based fintech firm Red Deer Systems. Previously, he held senior leadership roles at HSBC, JP Morgan Chase and CISCO SYSTEMS, where he specialized in expanding a pipeline of venture capital and accelerating innovation within emerging technology portfolios.

Todd Shollenbarger

Chief Global Strategist

Previously a partner at White & Case, with over 20 years of professional experience in both the United States and Southeast Europe, Todd Shollenbarger oversees global strategy at Veridium. With a specialization in corporate law, he has led numerous large-scale transactions over the years, including privatizations, private equity, emerging market equities, foreign direct investment, corporate finance and joint venture projects. Todd is also a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law.

John Spencer

Chief Product Officer

John Spencer is a seasoned IT Executive with 30 years experience in the software industry. John’s focus is on the development of Veridium’s product offerings, as well as looking into the future and detailing the product roadmap. In recent years, John led European Engineering teams, as well as being chief technology officer for Citrix in Northern Europe. John has been instrumental in working with development teams to deliver commercially successful and award winning products, experiencing strong customer acceptance across multiple industry types.

John Callahan

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. John Callahan is responsible for the development of the company’s world class enterprise-ready biometric solutions, leading a global team of software developers, computer vision scientists and sales engineers. He has previously served as the Associate Director for Information Dominance at the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research Global, London UK office, via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. John completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Lori Cohen

Chief Marketing Officer

Lori Cohen’s pitch-perfect delivery of savvy branding and lead-generation programs have proven successful time and again throughout her distinguished career. She has launched dozens of brands over the past decade, including Mobiquity, Tesora, Gazelle, and LimoLiner. With Lori as marketing lead, Mobiquity was named one of the fastest-growing companies in Massachusetts, and Gazelle experienced a 400 percent jump in revenue in the months after the company rebranded. Among her many accomplishments, Lori won a national Emmy reporting on technology while at Boston’s WGBH-TV and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Geoffrey Knotwell

Chief Financial Officer

Geoffrey Knotwell has a true specialty for driving operational and financial performance that builds and sustains long term value. He is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience with the Big Four public-accounting and corporate-finance firms, where he gained a strong foundation in strategic planning, corporate governance, and performance improvement. Geoff has a career-long track record of solving incredibly tough business challenges and driving shareholder value through his executive leadership of finance, IT and cross-functional teams. He holds an MS in finance from Fairfield University.

Matthew Dobson

Senior Vice President, Sales, EMEA

Matthew Dobson is responsible for driving revenue growth across EMEA. His 25 years of experience in IT sales extends across a range of sectors and geographies, at both established corporations and tech start ups. Matthew joins Veridium from Atlantis Computing, where he drove sales efforts in EMEA for Global Accounts. Previously, he led the IAM Sales team at Siemens in the UK before relocating to Singapore to lead business development in the Asia-Pacific region. After three years in APAC he returned to the UK with Citrix to run the South UK Enterprise Sales team, driving growth into Financial Services and Telecom sectors.

Rajiv Pimplaskar

Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas

Rajiv Pimplaskar is responsible for driving revenue growth across North and South America. He is a proven leader with a 20 year track record of building and growing technology firms within the cybersecurity, cloud, storage, and virtualization space. Prior to joining Veridium Rajiv developed new business at Cloudmark, ran North America and the Global Accounts segments for Atlantis Computing, and held prominent roles at Verizon and MCI. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Pune University, India, an MS in Computer Science and an MBA from Widener University in Philadelphia.

Virgil Tornoreanu

Senior Vice President of Product Development

Virgil Tornoreanu has over 25 years of experience developing software, first as a developer and then managing numerous multi-jurisdictional software development projects throughout Europe. For the past eight years, he has primarily focused on managing teams of iOS and Android mobile app software developers. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Computer Science from Hagen University, as well as a Master’s in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna.

John Chester

General Counsel
Possessing a keen eye for detail and advanced proficiency in commercial, corporate, insurance, employment, consumer-fraud, and product-liability law, as well as regulatory compliance, John Chester brings two decades worth of expertise to Veridium as General Counsel. He joins the company following a successful career in private practice at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, where he counseled and represented a range of clients, from small businesses to international Fortune 500 organizations. John received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from Rutgers Law School.