Zug/Geneva and New York, December 5, 2016: WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WIHN.SW) (“WISeKey“) announced today the appointment of Thomas Whayne to its Global Cybersecurity Advisory Task Force. The committee, chaired by Carlos Moreira, founder of WISeKey, provides advice to the WISeKey board of directors and senior management team regarding matters of strategic business development and future revenue growth. The members of the committee originate from a wide variety of sectors, from Telcos to financial services and IT, areas of critical importance to WISeKey’s growth strategy.
Thomas Whayne has more than two decades of experience, working from New York and London, providing strategic and financial advice to the boards and management teams of many of the world’s largest technology, media, telecommunications and energy companies. As a Managing Director at investment banking firms including Credit Suisse First Boston, Morgan Stanley and Rothschild, Mr. Whayne advised on more than 50 mergers and acquisitions transactions valued at greater than $1 billion. Recent transactions include advising on Alibaba Group’s $25 billion IPO, Intel’s $1.5 billion strategic investment in Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, Level 3 Communications’ $5.7 billion acquisition of tw telecom and DigitalGlobe’s $1.3 billion acquisition of GeoEye.
Mr. Whayne most recently was the Chief Development Officer at Qnective AG, a privately held secure communications and homeland security company based in Zurich, Switzerland. He earned an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Carlos Moreira, Chairman and CEO of WISeKey commented: “We are delighted to have Thomas joining WISeKey’s Global Cybersecurity Advisory Task Force. We look forward to working closely with Thomas and benefit from his vast expertise as we expand our operations in the USA. We are confident that Thomas will make important contributions to WISeKey on this important phase of our development.”
Thomas Whayne added: “As WISeKey is currently extending its footprint to the US market and China, I am looking forward to assisting WISeKey with my experience in these markets and being part of the continued success of the company by bringing my support to the Advisory Committee.”
GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY ADVISORY TASK FORCE
The Global Cybersecurity Advisory Task force is composed of influential individuals in different industries and sectors that can advise and support WISeKey in the development of its strategy and business. The Global Cybersecurity Advisory Task force is mandated by its charter to advise and support the company in:
- Revenue growth
- Organic growth (solutions, services)
- International expansion
- Business models
- Corporate image
- Strategic partnerships, alliances
- Business strategy related to WISeKey’s listing in the US stock market
Other members are available at: https://www.wisekey.com/about/global-cybersecurity-advisory-task-force/
WISeKey is a leading cybersecurity company and selected as a World Economic Forum Global Growth Company. WISeKey is currently deploying large scale Internet of Things (“IoT”) digital identity ecosystems and has become a pioneer of the 4th Industrial Revolution movement launched this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. WISeKey’s Swiss based Cryptographic Root of Trust (RoT) integrates wearable technology with secure authentication and identification, in both physical and virtual environments, and empowers IoT and wearable devices to become secure transactional devices. WISeKey has patented this process in the USA as it is currently used by many IoT providers. For more information, visit www.wisekey.com
Press and investor contacts
Tel: +41 22 594 3000
| WISeKey Investor Relations (US)
The Equity Group Inc.
Tel: +1 212 836-9611
This communication expressly or implicitly contains certain forward-looking statements concerning WISeKey International Holding Ltd and its business. Such statements involve certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results, financial condition, performance or achievements of WISeKey International Holding Ltd to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. WISeKey International Holding Ltd is providing this communication as of this date and does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, and it does not constitute an offering prospectus within the meaning of article 652a or article 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations or a listing prospectus within the meaning of the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. Investors must rely on their own evaluation of WISeKey and its securities, including the merits and risks involved. Nothing contained herein is, or shall be relied on as, a promise or representation as to the future performance of WISeKey.