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New Federal Operations Head at L-1 Identity Solutions.

L-1 Identity Solutions : 11 April, 2008  (Company News)
Washing DC hear of Federal Operations to lead the drive to bring biometrics to federal applications for L-1 Identity Solutions.
L-1 Identity Solutions has appointed Joanne Isham to lead its Washington DC office and federal business operation. Joanne brings significant experience in the private sector, as well as decades of experience within various federal government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"The requirement for accurate identification of people using secure credentials and integrated biometrics is unquestionably the roadmap for all future government applications," said Joanna Isham. "L-1 is leading the way in this effort and with it revolutionising the way America addresses true advancements in security and law enforcement. I welcome the opportunity to play a part in this critical mission moving forward."

Joanne was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of High Performance Technologies and prior to that she served as the VP and Deputy General Manager of the $1.3 billion Network Systems unit of BAE Systems.

She also served for five years as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where she provided strategic direction, policy and guidance as the second-in-command of one of the principle US intelligence agencies. In this capacity she also advised senior leadership of the Department of Defence, the national intelligence community, and other government agencies, as well as the civilian sector.

Joanne began her career with the CIA and had a distinguished career spanning more than two decades of service within various departments. She spent six years within the Science and Technology directorate, the last two serving as its Deputy Director where she managed the research, development and application of technology to critical intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination issues. Joanne served as the Director of Congressional Affairs for the CIA for 18 months where she oversaw the entire intelligence community's legislative liaison activities on behalf of the Director of Central Intelligence. She also was the Associate Director for Resources, Community Management Staff, the Director of Corporate Affairs, National Reconnaissance Office, and served as an intelligence staff officer for 12 years.

Robert LaPenta, Chairman, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions, said "Joanne brings a unique marriage of public and private sector experience to L-1 and we believe she will immediately add value to our efforts to further penetrate various levels of the federal government seeking a better identity management system."

During her public service career, Joanne was awarded eight distinguished service and performance awards by the CIA and intelligence community. These include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA Director's Award and CIA Distinguished Intelligence medal, the defense Distinguished Civilian Service award, the NGA Distinguished Intelligence medal, the DIA Director's award and the National Medal of achievement.
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