MorphoTrak President & CEO Celeste Thomasson Receives 2015 Women in Biometric Identity Award

MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), announced today that MorphoTrak President and CEO Celeste Thomasson has been selected as one of five recipients of the inaugural annual Women in Biometric Identity Awards. The awards were presented by and Regarding ID magazine at a reception on Thursday evening, September 10, during the Borderpol International Security Meeting in Washington D.C.
MorphoTrak President & CEO Celeste Thomasson Receives 2015 Women in Biometric Identity Award

Ms. Thomasson assumed  the position of CEO and President at MorphoTrak in 2014. Under her guidance, the company has demonstrated a clear focus on advancing biometric technology through expanding internal expertise and academic partnerships, sharing industry knowledge, and delivering groundbreaking products and solutions.

Prior to assuming her current leadership role at MorphoTrak, Ms. Thomasson served as Vice President of Legal Affairs for SAFRAN. Ms. Thomasson received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. She is a board member of the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) and supports corporate memberships in additional industry associations including the Security Industry Association (SIA), and the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA).

Ms. Thomasson's efforts to expand technological expertise have led the company to acquire the best talent from industry specialists with backgrounds in law enforcement, forensics, government relations, and biometrics-related policy. Under her direction, the company has also successfully completed several strategic growth initiatives including expansion of the MorphoTrak facility in Alexandria, VA; implementation of key engineering resources in West Virginia, home to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division; and an expanded technology partnership with West Virginia State University.

Ms. Thomasson's  dedication to the advancement of biometric technology is also reflected in MorphoTrak's recent technological achievements such as the Security Industry Association (SIA) 2015 award of Best New Product to MorphoWave, the market's first biometric access solution featuring high-speed contactless fingerprint capture, and MorphoTrak's tattoo recognition algorithm placing first in the 2015 Tattoo Recognition Technology – Challenge (Tatt-C) evaluation conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

"I am honored to receive this award for Women in Biometric Identity, and to share the spotlight with the skilled executives, practitioners, and scientists who have also been acknowledged as leaders in the field," said Ms. Thomasson. "The biometrics industry has the potential for great advances in nearly every facet of life – from protecting personal privacy to protecting our borders – and I look forward to continuing to lead MorphoTrak as we achieve new, market- changing biometric solutions."    

"It was a true pleasure to oversee this inaugural award process and learn about the tremendous achievements and contributions from the 50-plus nominated women," said Chris Corum, Executive Editor and Publisher, AVISIAN Publishing. "The final awardees exemplify the best attributes an industry can hope to find in its leaders -- innovation, dedication and a mentoring spirit."

AVISIAN is publisher of and re:ID magazine, among other online and print resources for the biometrics and public security industries. Profiles of the awardees will appear in the winter issue of re:ID magazine.

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