Cybersecurity startup Zally has hired two technical executives as it prepares for a beta launch.

The continuous authentication expert welcomes Paul Wilshaw as chief design and product officer (CDO) and Prabhu Prakash Ganesh as its chief technology officer (CTO). 

Manchester-based Zally enables a new way to authenticate users online. With the aim of changing the way people log in to platforms, it could potentially slash fraud, boost conversions, ensure compliance and deliver a seamless customer journey.

Wilshaw previously served as the head of creative technology and innovation at Barclays, working on projects like Barclays Pingit and Barclays’ Mobile Banking, as well as holding leadership positions at ANS Group, Blue Prism and mbna.

A well-rounded CTO with more than a decade of startup leadership, Ganesh’s knowledge of building both technological function and high-achieving teams from the ground up could be invaluable as Zally embarks on its global expansion journey. 

Prior to joining Zally, he spent close to 10 years at MiQ, a programmatic media partner for marketers and agencies, serving as its CTO as the company scaled from a bootstrapped startup all the way to a global leader recording over $500 million in revenue.

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“Bringing Paul and Prabhu onboard underlines the outward ambition of Zally and provides us with the strategic expertise to grow rapidly on launch,” said CEO Patrick Smith. 

“Together, we all share a mission to power the internet with continuous authentication, which will be achieved through Zally. Our advanced and sophisticated model is designed to facilitate more secure online transactions, deliver enhanced user experiences, and ensure compliance.

“Over the past decade, Paul has established a reputation as an innovative strategic leader, leveraging creativity and technology to deliver award-winning digital products and lead start-ups in new and exciting directions. 

“The combination of his passion for accessibility and incredible ability in creating user-loved products will be vital in our upcoming product launch and Alpha testing phase. He is a major asset for Zally and plays a significant role in our ambitious yet informed expansion plans.

“Prabhu’s accomplished track record in leadership positions within the world of technology will be similarly crucial to this effort. He understands so much about the journey we are about to embark on and will be integral as we navigate the path to global expansion. “His experience of recruiting and leading teams of over 1,000 people provides us with the structural capabilities to move forward with real purpose. Together with Paul, his abilities are helping to drive us forward.”

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