Trusted, Proven Authentication

Years of experience delivering authentication solutions makes Axiad an ideal cybersecurity partner
Our Story
Delivering Long-Term Value
Axiad was founded by a team of industry experts with extensive backgrounds in developing, deploying, and managing authentication and cybersecurity solutions for organizations around the globe.
This expertise is a crucial element in helping ensure we deliver value for our customers. In fact, this attribute is such a core part of our identity that we based our name on the ancient Greek word (Axia) for value.
Today, with more than 10 years of experience delivering authentication solutions for some of the largest and most-demanding organizations in the world, we are regularly honored for our innovation, ability to scale, and market leadership.
Company Leadership

Deep Cybersecurity Expertise

  • Bassam Al-Khalidi
    Founder, Co-CEO
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    Bassam Al-Khalidi
    Founder, Co-CEO
    Bassam has over 15 years of experience in designing and deploying identity and access management solutions across large government, enterprise, and healthcare organizations. He is a leading expert in CAC/PIV smart card and PKI deployment, and has been involved in multiple enterprise-class ID badge deployments over the last several years. He has held a variety of management and senior technical roles for established industry leaders, including ActivIdentity.
  • Yves Audebert
    Founder, Chairman, President, and Co-CEO
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    Yves Audebert
    Founder, Chairman, President, and Co-CEO
    With more than 25 years of experience in secure identity solutions and multi-factor authentication, Yves is both a visionary and hands-on entrepreneur. He has a long track record of patented innovations and executive experience in building and leading worldwide organizations. Before Axiad, Yves co-founded ActivCard (renamed ActivIdentity). From its creation to November 2008, Yves led the company in multiple executive positions including chairman of the board and CEO.
  • Jerome Becquart
    Chief Operating Officer
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    Jerome Becquart
    Chief Operating Officer
    Jerome has over 20 years of experience in identity and access management solutions, including 15 years at ActivIdentity. Jerome’s management experience includes roles in operational management, sales management, professional services, product and solution marketing, engineering, and technical support. After the acquisition of ActivIdentity by HID Global in 2010, Jerome served as general manager of the HID Identity Assurance business unit.
  • Thomas Jahn
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Thomas Jahn
    Chief Financial Officer
    Thomas is an operational executive with broad experience in finance and general management. Thomas was previously the interim CFO and CEO of ActivIdentity. He was the co-founder and principal of AIC Solutions, a physical security design and installation company based in Boise, ID. Thomas began his management career at Raychem, Inc., which was acquired by Tyco Electronics in 1999. While at Tyco, he held several positions, including president of Tyco Power Systems and Printed Circuit Group.
  • Joe Garber
    Chief Marketing Officer
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    Joe Garber
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Joe has more than 20 years of experience in security, privacy, and compliance software. He joined Axiad from Quest Software, where he led marketing for its One Identity business unit, a provider of identity and access management solutions. He previously served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Micro Focus, and has also led marketing for large software-centric business units at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP, as well as for venture-backed RenewData.
  • John Babbidge
    Chief Technology Officer
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    John Babbidge
    Chief Technology Officer
    John is a recognized expert in identity and access management with over 20 years of experience driving architectural and technical strategies for organizations in the security space. Prior to joining Axiad, he served as vice president of engineering at Identiv, where he led the evolution of the company’s physical security suite of products, ranging from large-scale enterprise access control services to virtual and embedded access control appliances. John has also held leadership positions at HID Global and ActivIdentity.
  • Ivy Tan
    VP, Human Resources
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    Ivy Tan
    VP, Human Resources
    Ivy brings over 18 years of HR experience from various high-tech industries, including the cybersecurity industry at companies such as Palo Alto Networks and Zscaler. Ivy specializes in executing HR strategies by leveraging her proven experience on operational efficiency. Prior to joining Axiad, Ivy has held senior HR leadership roles in both high growth pre-IPO and public companies.
  • Zahid Johar
    Vice President, Engineering
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    Zahid Johar
    Vice President, Engineering
    Zahid has more than 15 years of experience in building high-performing cross-functional teams globally. Prior to joining Axiad, he served in various leadership roles in Australia and US, implementing technology and driving change. He has deep experience in building identity and access management solutions, and he has launched services that enable technology partner ecosystems.
  • Spencer Holt
    Vice President, Finance
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    Spencer Holt
    Vice President, Finance
    Spencer brings 20 years of expertise in financial leadership for high-growth technology companies. Most recently, he worked in M&A integrations of financial operations for RealPage, Inc, a formerly public software company. He also has worked with a range of VC- and PE-backed companies, including Cord Blood Registry, Taos, and Rentlytics, in a variety of accounting and FP&A roles. He began his career in public accounting, but later specialized in VC-backed startups. He is a CPA licensed in California.
  • Marc Puverel
    VP, Customer Success
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    VP, Customer Success
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  • David Woodward
    VP, Global Sales
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    David Woodward
    VP, Global Sales
    Dave is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience and has successfully led high growth organizations across a variety of sales, channels, services, and operational roles. Dave has spent time with manufacturers such as Cisco, Avaya, and SecureAuth. Dave has also spent significant time working in the reseller community with stints at Calence (acquired by Insight), as SVP of Sales at Insight, and as VP of North American sales for Kudelski Security. Dave joins Axiad from Vyopta where he was responsible for both sales and channels globally.
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Awards

Recognized as a Market Leader

  • Winner: Best Passwordless Solution
  • Winner: Best Passwordless Solution
  • Winner: Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Multi-Factor Authentication: Hot Company
  • Winner: Zero Trust Security Solution