Meet the team at BIO-key International
Michael W. DePasquale
Chairman and CEO
VP of Product
Chief Technology Officer
Akintunde Carlton Jeje
Managing Director – BKYI Africa
Chief Revenue Officer
VP of Channel Marketing
Chief Financial Officer
VP of Engineering
President at PortalGuard
Chief Legal Officer
Managing Director – BKYI Hong Kong
Board of Directors
Mr. Alia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has earned an MBA from Cornell University. Manny is an astute leader with deep experience and forward-looking ideas on financial/banking services, security, and Africa opportunities. Since leaving JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Alia has served as business development and management consultant in Africa and played a role in recent BIO-key contract wins through his leadership at the Technology Transfer Institute of Africa (TTIA) and Exponential Launch Partners.
At JPMorgan Chase in New York, Mr. Alia was head of wholesale in Receivable Operations in Corporate and Investment banking for the U.S. and Canada. The unit had an annual budget of $100M, over 1,000 employees, processed over 100M items and over $700B in deposits a year for Government, Healthcare, Insurance, and other Corporate clients. Manny brings a wealth of knowledge and insight on security issues and enhancing operational efficiency.
Michael W. DePasquale
Michael W. DePasquale has been promoted to Chairman of the Board effective January 29, 2014. Mike has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company since January 3, 2003. Moving forward Mike will serve as BIO-key’s Chaiman & CEO. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the company from July 2005 to August 2006. Mr. DePasquale brings more than 27 years of executive management, sales and marketing experience to the company. Prior to joining BIO-key, Mr. DePasquale served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prism eSolutions, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based provider of professional consulting services and online solutions for ISO-9001/14000 certification for customers in manufacturing, healthcare and government markets, since February 2001. From December 1999 through December 2000, Mr. DePasquale served as Group Vice President for WRC Media, a New York-based distributor of supplemental education products and software. From January 1996 until December 1999, Mr. DePasquale served as Senior Vice President of Jostens Learning Corp., a California-based provider of multi-media curriculum. Prior to Jostens, Mr. DePasquale held sales and marketing management positions with McGraw-Hill and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. DePasquale earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice Chairman of the International Biometrics and Identification Industry Association. Mr. DePasquale has extensive General Management experience in the technology sector and has served on a number of non-profit as well as private company Boards.
Thomas Gilley is an entrepreneur, hands on technologist and innovator in the area of mobile technologies, digital media, internet of things and social media. Gilley gained corporate product management experience at Apple Computer, as an Engineer and R&D manager in the Advance Technology Group. Before and after Apple, Gilley founded several successful companies, including Meeting Technologies, a social computing company; FutureTel, the first MPEG video broadcast equipment provider, MPEG2, a chip company, and PicoStar, an incubator – technology investment company. While at PicoStar, Gilley was the founding CTO for Cobalt Networks which subsequently was acquired by Sun Microsystems for two billion dollars. Mr. Gilley, serves as an advisor for the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a public Research University, and InterDigital Communications, developers of wireless technologies for mobile devices and networks. Gilley also served as a strategic advisor for Compass Advisers, providing guidance for mergers, acquisitions and investments for public companies and private equity firms in the areas of security systems, enterprise software, and media, mobile and wireless. Most recently, Gilley sold his on-demand web media company to Vignette and acted as CTO throughout the transaction and through the company’s ultimate acquisition by OpenText.
Mr. Knook is a broadly skilled senior executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in Mobility and Software technology in Europe, Asia and America. He was previously Director of Internet service at Vodafone, UK, following 18 years at Microsoft, where he served as one of the company’s top 25 executives. As President of Microsoft Asia from 1997 to 2001, Mr. Knook led the company’s efforts in opening and expanding in Asian markets. As SVP of Microsoft’s Mobile Communication Business from 2001 to 2008, he transformed a struggling business and led it to 40% annual revenue growth, including the development of a new mobile platform business with sales of more than 20 million units a year.
Thomas E. Bush III
Thomas E. Bush, III, served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 33 years. Bush joined the FBI on September 8, 1975. Early in his FBI career, he worked in the Identification Division (now the Criminal Justice Information Services Division) and Information Resources Division. During his 33 year career as a Special Agent he rose through the ranks of the FBI ultimately becoming the Director of the CJIS division. During Bush’s tenure with the CJIS division he was responsible for the day to day operation of the largest division of the FBI, with over 2,500 employees and a budget of approximately one billion dollars. Known for providing critical services in support of the criminal justice community, two significant IT projects, Next Generation Identification and N-Dex, were awarded by CJIS with early increments delivered during his tenure. He was the recipient of many awards during his tenure, most notably a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2007.
Robert J. Michel
Robert J. Michel has served as a Director of the Company since April 10, 2017. He has over 30 years of accounting and financial management experience and currently serves as the CFO of Roadway Moving, Inc., a transportation, moving and storage company located in New York City. Immediately prior to Roadway Moving, Inc., Mr. Michel served as a consultant with Feuer and Orlando, LLP, New York, NY based CPA firm. From 2009 until March, 2016, Mr. Michel was the Chief Financial Officer of Asta Funding, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASFI), a diversified financial services company operating in five reportable segments in the United States, with the consumer receivables segment also operating in South America. Mr. Michel was responsible for all financial matters and SEC reporting. From 2004 until 2009, Mr. Michel served as the Controller and the Director of Financial Reporting and Compliance for Asta Funding. Mr. Michel is a certified public accountant, earned a MBA in Taxation from St. John’s University, and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. We believe Mr. Michel’s qualifications to sit on the board of directors include his substantial experience in accounting and financial management for public companies which provide the Board with a deep knowledge of financial and SEC reporting and strengthen the board’s collective qualifications, skills, and experience.
Wong Kwok Fong (Kelvin)
Mr. Wong Kwok Fong (Kelvin) is the former Chairman and co-founder of Glory Sun Financial Group Limited (previously World Wide Touch Technology Holdings Limited). Mr. Wong founded World Wide Touch Technology Holdings Limited in 1997 and played a significant role in the substantial growth of the business. Mr. Wong brings over 20 years of senior management experience in manufacturing, supply chain, and marketing functions in the electronics and technology industries, including establishing manufacturing plants in Hong Kong and China, and building an extensive network in the electronics and technology industry. Mr. Wong is currently responsible for the technology development of Glory Sun Financial Group, with a primary focus on the biometric payment business and infrastructure.