Onfido appoints tech veteran as CEO, as co-founder steps down

By John Reynolds on Wednesday 11 November 2020

Digital Banking

Mike Tuchen replaces Onfido co-founder Husayn Kassai, who is staying on as an advisor.

 Onfido appoints tech veteran as CEO, as co-founder steps down
Image source: Husayn Kassia/co-founder Onfido

Identification startup Onfido has appointed veteran technology executive Mike Tuchen as is new CEO.

Tuchen replaces Husayn Kassai, co-founder of Onfido, who is staying on as an advisor to Onfido.

Onfido says it’s making the change as it gears up for the next phase of growth and broadens its offering.

Tuchen was previously CEO at Talend, the cloud data integration company, which he took public in 2016.

Prior to that, he led software startup Rapid7 and has also held a senior role at Microsoft.

Tuchen said: “I have spent over twenty years working with leading software and tech businesses and I couldn’t be more optimistic about Onfido’s product and mission.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the business, with Onfido’s focus on virtual verification more important than ever as companies focus on digitisation and the shift to remote working.”

“Husayn has built a fantastic team and business and I look forward to building on that success as we rapidly scale the company worldwide and broaden our offering.”

Kassai said: “This is an important moment for Onfido. When I founded the company in 2012 with Eamon and Ruhul, we raised just $20k of funding to build the new identity standard for the internet.”

“Eight years on, we’ve achieved so much and I’m proud of the hundreds of Onfidoers who’ve joined our mission to solve the identity problem.”

“We’re in such a strong position and now it’s the right time to hand the torch over to Mike, with all his experience, to lead the company into the future.”

Earlier this year, Onfido, which has its headquarters in London scooping $100m in one of the year’s largest fintech funding rounds.

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