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Cognitec Systems has promoted Mikael Fagerlund to VP of Sales and Marketing, passing the baton from revered industry veteran and company co-founder Dr. Jürgen Pampus.

Fagerlund has served the sales team at the company’s Dresden headquarters since 2011, most recently as Director of Sales EMEA. He will continue to manage sales activities and customer relations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but also oversee global sales and growth strategies.

Before joining Cognitec, Fagerlund worked for various international software and telecom companies, gathering extensive technical expertise to support his sales and marketing functions.

Fagerlund succeeds Dr. Pampus, who recently retired from Cognitec and the biometrics industry after decades of contributing renowned innovations and expertise. Already in 1995, he initiated the development and international sales of the FaceVACS technology still owned and marketed by Cognitec.

Dr. Pampus’ expert knowledge and opinions regularly contributed to working groups, publications and international conferences. During his 20 years of Biometrics Institute membership, he served on the board of directors, and significantly impacted best-practice guidelines for the use of biometrics in society.

“While Cognitec, and the biometrics community at large, will truly miss Jürgen Pampus, I am confident that Mikael Fagerlund will seize his new role with great competence and motivation,” said Cognitec CEO Alfredo Herrera.

“For the past decade, the industry has known Mr. Fagerlund as a trustworthy, technically savvy representative of our company. We are delighted he will now lead our global sales and marketing efforts, and drive Cognitec’s business development as the most experienced face recognition provider.”

Dr. Pampus will continue to serve as a consultant to Cognitec.

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