Digital identity scaleup Xydus bolsters leadership team

Talent from PwC and TransUnion jump ship to Xydus following year of growth

Posted 30 June 2022 by Christine Horton

British digital identity scaleup Xydus has announced two key technical leadership hires following a year of massive growth.

The firm, which posted a 600 percent revenue increase in 2021, has brought in technical pros Jos Aussems as chief information security officer (CISO) and Chris Covell as senior VP of engineering.

Xydus says that in response to global demand, it has spent the past six months reorganising and modernising its IT department to improve efficiency, performance and resilience. The redesign has stopped engineers working in siloed teams, splitting into two departments; Enterprise Engineering, which covers all client-facing parts of the technology such as mobile, web, and EMS, supported by the Backend Engineering team.

Within these teams Xydus now uses a “buddy system”, pairing developers and engineers together to ensure cross-training. This future proofs the technology as no one person holds the keys to the IP, it says. 

Aussems will oversee the two new engineering teams. During his 17-year career at PwC, he was instrumental in the development of its audit process for information security. He moved from senior-roles in tech consultancy to managing one of the leading cyber teams in the industry. In his new role is responsible for keeping Xydus’ enterprise and customer data locked down.

“I’m moving from a world-renowned consultancy to a scaleup creating what will become world-renowned identity products and solutions,” said Aussems. “It’s a challenge I welcome, particularly as joining Xydus reunites me with former colleagues and peers as we establish world-class security capabilities to protect the sensitive data of our customers.”

Following more than a decade working with Transunion and Call Credit, Covell has left his role as head of engineering for an internet-of-things startup to join Xydus. He will serve as the technical lead for Xydus’s products and services.

Digital identity “in crisis”

Russell King, CEO and founder of Xydus believes digital identity is in a crisis.

“The global scale of the problem is the reason we’ve spent a significant amount of resources on adjusting our engineering practice. Now we need the right senior leadership in place to manage the new team dynamic, making sure our product solves today’s digital identity crisis, and tomorrows.”

King continues: “Whether you’re a business, an employee or a customer, identity is not only important, it’s essential. But most products available use biased AI algorithms, ask for too much Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and often also store that PII. Today’s world of digital transactions, currency and even worlds means identity is more valuable than money. Technology should protect that identity, not use it to make money. That’s what we’re on a mission to fix, which this impressive technical leadership team can deliver.”