Utimaco adds Adamson Capital CEO to advisory board

Utimaco said Thursday that it has named Ira Zalesin to its advisory board. Zalesin is the CEO of Adamson Capital. Utimaco is a hardware-based security solutions provider.


PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Utimaco, a worldwide leading manufacturer of hardware-based security solutions, today announced the appointment of Ira Zalesin, CEO of Adamson Capital, as a member of the Utimaco Advisory Board.
With more than 25 years as a CEO, COO and CMO, Zalesin comes to Utimaco with extensive board level experience in both public and private companies in the U.S. and Europe, including as COO and executive director at formerly LSE-listed encryption company nCipher, where he was instrumental in its sale to the French aerospace and defense conglomerate Thales. He has a proven track record of rapidly and profitably growing venture and growth-stage companies, spanning across industries including enterprise applications, hosted software and encryption technology servicing large financial institutions and high tech manufacturing in the U.S., U.K., EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Utimaco’s scalable and customizable Hardware Security Module (HSM) is known for its unbreakable security foundation. Last month, Utimaco announced its commitment to the U.S. encryption market by opening up North American company headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Within the North American market, Utimaco is exhibiting a 200 percent year over year growth and with reseller partnerships on the rise, as well as the implementation of local delivery hubs, that figure is estimated to double in 2014.
“We are very excited to welcome Ira to the Utimaco Advisory Board,” said Malte Pollmann, CEO of Utimaco. “His proven success in helping European-based technology companies to expand successfully in North America, coupled with his specific experience in the global HSM market, gives him a unique perspective perfectly aligned with Utimaco’s strategic priorities.”
Compared to software solutions, hardware security modules offer unprecedented security, even in the most hostile environments. The most common use of HSM is the tamper-proof preparation and storage of cryptographic keys. With recent software security breaches, and threats of backdoors, more and more U.S. enterprises are turning to hardware solutions to store the keys to encrypted data.
“In all my years in security, I’ve never seen such a confluence of industry trends requiring the need for a hardware root of trust,” said Ira Zalesin, CEO of Adamson Capital. “This, coupled with Utimaco’s world class security solutions and outstanding reputation for customer service, positions the newly independent company to make great strides here in the U.S. market, and indeed globally, now that they have full Board support with which to pursue those objectives.”
About Utimaco
Utimaco is a leading manufacturer of hardware based security solutions that provide the root of trust to keep cryptographic keys safe, secure critical digital infrastructures and protect high value data assets. Only Utimaco delivers a general-purpose hardware security module (HSM) as a customizable platform to easily integrate into existing software solutions, embed business logic and build secure applications. Tens of thousands of enterprise and infrastructure companies rely on Utimaco to guard IP against internal and external threats and protect hundreds of millions of consumers globally. Visit Utimaco at: https://hsm.utimaco.com/en/.