Morpho Detection Announces Board of Directors
Former GE Homeland Protection business announces Hon. Jay M. Cohen as chairman of board comprised of top homeland security and defense experts
Newark, Calif. – Nov. 02, 2010 – Morpho Detection, Inc., part of the Morpho group's security business, today announced its board of directors headed by the Hon. Jay M. Cohen, former Under Secretary for Science and Technology for the Department of Homeland Security, as chairman. Morpho Detection was created as a result of Safran group's 2009 acquisition of the former GE Homeland Protection business.
Representing some of the foremost government and industry veterans in homeland protection, security and defense, the Morpho Detection board provides a unique mix of expertise, leadership and vision for the company as it advances its industry-leading lines of threat detection and identification solutions.
"The caliber of our board is testament to Safran's commitment to bringing the best and brightest leadership to the company for the benefit of our customers," said Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "My colleagues on the board join Morpho Detection from a diverse background of industries and sectors, all with the common goal to develop and deliver state-of-the-art homeland security solutions."
The Hon. Jay M. Cohen, chairman, is a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm. Cohen served in the U.S. Navy for 38 years, attaining the rank of rear admiral. He was named the 20th Chief of Naval Research (CNR) in 2000, serving for six years during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After retiring, Cohen was confirmed by the Senate as Under Secretary for Science and Technology for the Department of Homeland Security in 2006.
Other board members are:
Edward L. Allen, independent law enforcement technologies consultant. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2001, with more than 28 years' experience as a special agent managing skilled, technical and investigative programs and people. He sits on several corporate boards including Klas Telecom Inc.; Signalscape, Inc.; HMS, Inc.; and Intec.
Olivier Andriès, executive vice president of the Defence and Security Branch at the Safran group, where he has led various acquisition projects in homeland security. Prior to joining Safran, Andries was the executive vice president of strategy and cooperation at Airbus. Andries has held several positions in the French Ministry of Industry and the Treasury and joined the cabinet of the Minister of Finance in 1993 as advisor on industrial affairs.
Charlene Begley, president and CEO of GE Home & Business Solutions and senior vice president for GE. She is also responsible for information technology, sourcing and quality at GE and has held a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1988. Begley oversaw the acquisition of GE Homeland Protection by Safran group that led to the current Morpho Detection joint venture between the two companies. Begley serves on the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders and the National Association of Manufacturers' boards.
Dennis Cooke, president and CEO of Morpho Detection, Inc. He previously served in the same role with GE Homeland Protection, Inc. Prior to that, Cooke held several leadership roles with GE Medical Systems. Cooke was promoted to vice president and corporate officer of GE in July 2003 while leading GE's Global Magnetic Resonance business. Prior to joining GE, Cooke worked for Proxim, Inc. as a software engineer and product manager.
Jean Paul Jainsky, chairman and CEO of Morpho (formerly Sagem Sécurité) since July 2007. He began his career at Société Anonyme de Télécommunications (SAT), a subsidiary of Sagem Group, in 1975. As a result of SAT's merger with Sagem in 1993, Jainsky was appointed to Head of Industrial Coordination within the Sagem Electronics division and was later promoted to executive committee member and managing director of the Sagem Defense Sécurité division. Jainsky has broad security industry expertise including biometrics solutions for governments, access control, biometric terminals, smart cards and payment and lottery terminals.
Robert F. Reynolds, president of RFR, Inc., an independent defense and intelligence community consulting firm. Prior to his RFR role, Reynolds spent 35 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, helping create and develop the Community Acquisition Risk Center, which conducts threat and risk analysis on companies contracting with the intelligence community.
For additional information on Morpho Detection, please visit www.morpho.com/detection.
About Morpho Detection, Inc.
Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, a business of the Safran group (PAR: SAF), is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Following Safran Group's 2009 acquisition of GE Security's GE Homeland Protection, Inc. business, Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography (CT), Raman Spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™ technology), X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. With industry-leading products such as the Itemiser® DX trace detection system, the CTX line of explosive detection systems (EDS), and the StreetLab® Mobile hand-held chemical and biological substance identification unit, Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property in some of the most important and sensitive world locations.
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