Security and Election Experts Form Smartmatic US Board

Washington D.C., United States - October 24, 2018 – Smartmatic, the world’s leading elections company, has appointed a U.S. Board of Directors to guide the company as it offers secure technology to election jurisdictions across the country.

This newly formed body consists of experts with core competences in technology, government affairs, election integrity and cyber security.

The Board consists of:

Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger (USCG retired), who served as the 29th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and also as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a position he held until January 2017;

Robert Cook, who has over three decades’ experience helping elections commissions from around the world to improve the transparency and efficiency of their processes;

Gracia Hillman, who served as a commissioner and chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (2003-2010); and

Paul DeGregorio, an elections expert who also served as commissioner and chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (2003-2007).

The first board meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 26th. Mr. Neffenger Chairs the board, and Robert Cook acts as Executive Director.  

"We’re excited to welcome the US board members and their unique capabilities. Their diverse experience as innovators across industries will be invaluable as we continue to assist in modernizing elections infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world,” explained Antonio Mugica, Chief Executive Officer of Smartmatic.

Chairman Neffenger added, “The Department of Homeland Security has designated U.S. elections systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. The growing threat of cyberattacks on U.S. elections has put election infrastructure and the need for security and technology improvements front and center. Our Board is fully focused on supporting Smartmatic’s collaborative and transparent work with industry representatives; regulators; federal, state and local governments; and election officials to promote a strong, stable sector with election integrity as the paramount focus.”

Smartmatic recently opened its West Coast office in Santa Monica, California which hosts some 50 local employees. The company is currently working with the County of Los Angeles on a new elections system for 2020. Smartmatic was founded in 2000 in the U.S. and ever since has maintained its U.S. headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.