FBI brain to fight crime downunder
Financial crime detection business Wynyard Group, a spin-off of Christchurch software group Jade, has recruited a former FBI top brain to its advisory board.
Wynyard said the appointee, Louis Grever, recently retired after a 24-year career with the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Most recently, he led the FBI's science and technology branch in Washington DC and was responsible for the operational technology, laboratory and criminal justice information services divisions.
Wynyard managing director Craig Richardson said securing Grever's experience was a major coup for the company.
"Louis has a reputation for innovation and a deep knowledge of the problems facing intelligence-driven national security and law enforcement agencies, and the powerful operational tools they require," Richardson said.
Grever would provide valuable advice on how Wynyard's tools should be further developed and used to solve present and emerging problems in the fight against national and international crime and corruption.
"Louis brings a new dimension of operational, tactical and strategic insight to our product development, US and global business growth aspirations," he said.
"His involvement with Wynyard will prove to be invaluable."
Grever said Wynyard already played a key role in the global technology fight against crime, corruption and threat.
He said he had joined the advisory board to help expand that capability.
"For over 20 years I worked extensively leading, planning, coordinating and directing FBI field technical operations including delivering innovative technical capabilities to high priority criminal, counter intelligence and counter terrorism investigations," he said.
"I look forward to putting that experience to use by providing advice to Wynyard in its endeavours to help its customers in national security, public safety and commercial markets further address the emerging global security challenges they face."
Wynyard Group recently announced plans to expand its operations in the United States due to increasing demand for its intelligence, investigations and digital forensics solutions from federal and state government agencies.
Wynyard's research and development team is based in Christchurch.
Its advisory board members are drawn from government security and justice agencies, financial institutions and critical national infrastructure operators.
The board advises Wynyard management on strategic, operational, research and development issues.