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Cross Match firm names new CEO

Cross Match firm names new CEO

By By STEPHANIE MURPHY, Daily News Business and Real Estate Writer

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Ted Johnson of Palm Beach, chairman of Cross Match Technologies Inc., has appointed James W. Ziglar as CEO, a job Johnson has performed since co-founding the private firm in 1996.

Ziglar was the last Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and is a senior executive at UBS Financial Services Inc., which has an office in Palm Beach. A long-time consultant to Cross Match, he bought a home on Singer Island and will relocate from Washington, D.C.

The company recently acquired Smiths Heimann Biometrics, and Ziglar will steer the combined entity, "positioning the company strategically and financially for global biometric industry leadership," said Johnson, who is the company's largest individual shareholder and will remain as chairman.

"We specifically sought an accomplished businessman with significant marketing experience to complement our large stable of quality engineers. Jim Ziglar brings exceptional expertise in working with government and financial markets and in managing large organizations," said Johnson. After the transition, he will focus on financing, including an initial public offering, strategic acquisitions, joint ventures and other relationships with larger partners.

Ziglar, a graduate of George Washington University Law School, clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He was an attorney and investment banker until President Reagan appointed him assistant secretary of the Interior for Water and Science.

Later, he was elected the 35th Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the United States Senate, where he worked three years as the Senate's business manager, protocol chief and law enforcement officer.

Johnson also recently retained William A. "Will" Smith II as the firm's general counsel. Smith formerly was a partner with the international law firm of Piper Rudnick and was based in Washington, D.C.

"He represented us on the acquisition [of Smiths Heimann], and elected to join us," Johnson said.

Cross Match Technologies is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens.

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