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New Chairman appointed at Human Recognition Systems

Human Recognition Systems : 09 September, 2009  (Company News)
HRS plans to become the dominant player in the biometric market through the strategic appointment of experienced builder of market leading companies
Human Recognition Systems (HRS), the fast-growing provider of biometrics and identity assurance solutions, has appointed Geoffrey Maddrell as Chairman.

Mr Maddrell currently holds Chairman roles at self-build hub BuildStore, investment company F&C's UK Select Trust and property company Economic Lifestyle Property Investment Company (ELPIC). He has recently stepped down as Chairman of the UNITE Group, the leading student accommodation provider.

He was previously Chairman of housebuilder Westbury at the time of its £643m acquisition by Persimmon and Chairman of building supplies group Bowater Corporation during its expansion into Continental Europe - during which time he re-structured several well-known European businesses.

Educated at Cambridge University and Colombia Business School, he was also Chief Executive of textiles group Total at the time of its £395m acquisition by Coats Viyella.

HRS was established in 2002 by former Accenture technology strategist Neil Norman. The business has quickly established itself as a market leading provider of technology-driven identity assurance solutions and consultancy services, manipulating pioneering biometric and human behaviour analytics technology to provide customised business improvement systems for its clients.

Its projects delivered include an iris and fingerprint technology-enabled methadone dispensing system for the Department of Health, which is used in over 100 prisons, and the first automated biometric access control scheme for all staff working airside at Manchester Airport - the UK's largest airport outside London. Other clients include the Ministry of Defence, infrastructure services company Carillion and BNFL.

Backed by investment firm Capital Values Group, the business has aggressive growth plans to reach £60m turnover by 2014 and is seeking to capitalise on increasing demand from several core markets, including construction, aviation and the public sector.

Neil Norman, Chief Executive Officer of HRS, said: "Geoffrey's track record in building market leading businesses speaks for itself. His strategic expertise will be a huge asset to HRS as we build closer relationships with our end customers and service growing demand for fully integrated, technology-driven biometric and identity management solutions across our chosen markets. He is a powerful addition to our senior management team."

Geoffrey Maddrell said: "I believe HRS has a unique opportunity to become the dominant player in its chosen markets, with the intellectual property, consultancy skills, customer relationships and people to deliver significant forward growth. I've been impressed by the dynamism and energy of Neil and his senior team. Now is the time to capitalise on its strengths and take a leadership position in an expanding market."
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