Hayden AI Technologies, Inc. | April 26, 2022
Hayden AI, an emerging leader in smart enforcement technologies powered by artificial intelligence is excited to announce that it has been officially been accepted into AWS GovTechStart, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) government technology (GovTech) accelerator, focused on helping eligible U.S. businesses build the next generation of technology solutions for state and local government agencies using the power of the AWS Cloud.
AWS cloud storage allows Hayden AI not only to scale more quickly, but to do it smartly, safety, and securely. Leveraging AWS' Well Architected Framework and Shared Responsibility model will help us place strong security and compliance safeguards in place to protect client data and privacy, and to continually review, assess, and refine our privacy and security posture by leveraging the best-in-class tools AWS offers us."
Chris Carson, Hayden AI Founder and CEO
Hayden AI Accepted into AWS GovTechStart, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Technology Accelerator
AWS launched its AWS GovTechStart accelerator to enable startups to use tailored benefits to scale faster, including technical training and support, access to a national community of GovTech experts, AWS Promotional Credit, and more.
About Hayden AI
Hayden AI is bridging the innovation gap in transportation management by combining artificial intelligence with mobile sensors that have the ability to see and reason in 3D. We're enabling innovative cities to improve urban mobility and enhance the quality of life of their communities by making traffic flow more safely and reliably.
Accela | March 30, 2022
Accela, the trusted provider of cloud solutions for government, announced that it has appointed Kara Wilson to its board of directors. Wilson possesses more than 25 years of experience in helping companies optimize for growth. She currently serves as an executive advisor at KKR & Co. and as board member of software companies Paychex, OneStream, KnowBe4, Reliaquest, OutSystems, Skyhive and Corel. Wilson previously led marketing for several of the technology industry's most influential companies, including SAP Cloud, Rubrik, FireEye, and Okta.
With global government spending for software expected to surpass $161 billion this year, Kara's expertise in leading growth at scale will be vital as Accela's momentum in the dynamic government technology market continues. State and local governments are at a critical juncture in how they deliver services to residents and businesses in their communities, and they have access to unprecedented state and federal funding to accelerate technology modernization. We're thrilled to welcome Kara to the Accela team during this exciting time for our organization's growth."
Gary Kovacs, Accela Chief Executive Officer
Accela closed the 2021 fiscal year with double-digit growth in annual recurring revenue and unparalleled professional services revenue performance. Additionally, Accela's net customer retention is among the industry's best at 109 percent, a testament to the caliber of its solutions and commitment to great government. Over the past two years, Accela has completed dozens of customer migrations to the company's multi-tenant cloud on Azure, and continues at a steady pace each month.
As a member of the Accela board, Wilson will help to advise the company on how it can continue to rapidly scale the delivery of products, support and services that will accelerate better interactions and government experiences with agency staff, residents and business owners in communities around the globe.
"City, county, and state governments are rapidly digitizing their services and operations to accelerate recovery from an unprecedented set of economic, health, and societal challenges. Accela has an indisputable record as the long-trusted partner of government agencies, and I'm excited to join the board during this transformative inflection point," said Wilson. "Accela is uniquely positioned to optimize interactions between government departments and their constituents wherever they are on their digitization journey. I look forward to helping Accela build upon its two decades of leadership in the industry."
Accela is trusted by 80 percent of the United States' largest cities and benefits more than 275 million residents and businesses. In partnership with the City of Madison, Wisconsin, Accela was recently named the winner of the National League of Cities' Capstone Challenge. Microsoft US also awarded Accela two Partner Awards in 2021 for "Government Partner of the Year" and "Community Response."
Accela provides a unified suite of cloud solutions trusted by governments across the globe to accelerate their digital transformation, deliver vital services, and build stronger communities. More than 275 million citizens worldwide benefit from Accela's government software solutions. The company offers agile, purpose-built solutions and the power of a platform that provides users with a consumer-like experience, shares data across departments, and ensures world-class security.
With Accela, government agencies experience rapid and effective digital transformation. Accela's government software meets agencies wherever they are on their modernization journey, while also helping them prepare for whatever comes next. The company is a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with offices around the world.
Citizens Financial Group | March 25, 2022
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and Investors Bancorp, Inc. announced receipt of regulatory approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to complete the previously announced acquisition of Investors.
The acquisition is anticipated to close by mid-April 2022, pending satisfaction of customary closing conditions. After closing, over the course of 2022, Citizens will provide Investors’ customers with comprehensive information relating to the anticipated conversion of their accounts to Citizens, targeted to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. Until conversion, customers will continue to be served through their respective Citizens and Investors branches, websites and mobile applications.
We are pleased to have received regulatory approval to complete the acquisition of Investors, which closely follows the acquisition of HSBC’s East Coast branches. The addition of these two businesses strengthens our franchise across the Northeast, significantly adding to our growth potential. We have been carefully planning for a successful integration to ensure that we continue to provide excellent customer service while making a strong entrance into the New York City metro and New Jersey regions.”
Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens
“We are excited about the planned merger with Citizens. Our customers, colleagues, communities and stockholders will benefit from Citizens' scale, capabilities and commitment to excellence,” said Kevin Cummings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Investors.
Key members of Investors' management team are expected to join Citizens, ensuring business and client continuity. Upon closing of the transaction, Mr. Cummings and Michele N. Siekerka, who currently serve on the board of directors of Investors, are expected to join Citizens’ board of directors. Domenick Cama, Investors’ President and Chief Operating Officer, will join Citizens as the New York City and New Jersey Market President and Co-Head of Integration.
About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $188.4 billion in assets as of December 31, 2021. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of nearly 3,000 ATMs and more than 1,000 branches in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers a broad complement of financial products and solutions, including lending and leasing, deposit and treasury management services, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions, as well as loan syndication, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity capital markets capabilities.
About Investors Bancorp, Inc.
Investors Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Investors Bank with assets of approximately $28 billion as of December 31, 2021 and operated from its corporate headquarters in Short Hills, New Jersey and 154 branches located throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
GuidePoint Security | April 20, 2022
GuidePoint Security, a cybersecurity solutions leader enabling organizations to make smarter decisions and minimize risk, is proud to announce that the company’s Federal practice CTO, Jean-Paul Bergeaux, was named by WashingtonExec a Cyber Exec to Watch in 2022. WashingtonExec’s list highlights executives in both government and industry consistently staying one step ahead of adversaries, equipped with the technical know-how to safeguard systems and information.
Jean-Paul has helped many of GuidePoint Security’s customers modernize their cybersecurity programs and architectures. He is passionate about helping agencies operationalize their cybersecurity tools and processes, and ultimately improving their overall security strategy and posture. Bergeaux’s vast knowledge of vendor solutions and emerging technologies is a true asset to both GuidePoint, our vendors and our customers.”
Jim Quarantillo, Federal Partner, GuidePoint Security
WashingtonExec selected Bergeaux as a Cyber Exec to Watch in 2022 because of the work he and his team are doing to help agencies on their journey to adopting a zero trust security model. By building an interactive demo environment based on multiple zero trust use cases and various OEM choices, as well as leading agencies through zero trust workshops, Bergeaux has helped customers shift from a theoretical to a practical zero trust approach.
Bergeaux is an influential practitioner within the cybersecurity and federal government communities, through his numerous articles and blogs on the President’s Executive Order as well as follow-on guidelines around Zero Trust requirements.
About GuidePoint Security
GuidePoint Security provides trusted cybersecurity expertise, solutions and services that help organizations make better decisions that minimize risk. Our experts act as your trusted advisor to understand your business and challenges, helping you through an evaluation of your cybersecurity posture and ecosystem to expose risks, optimize resources and implement best-fit solutions. GuidePoint’s unmatched expertise has enabled a third of Fortune 500 companies and more than half of the U.S. government cabinet-level agencies to improve their security posture and reduce risk.