Meet the team!

Charles Durkin

Co-Founder, President and CEO

Charlie has over 30 years of experience leading successful technology businesses, including more than 15 years leading cybersecurity businesses. He is a recognized expert in digital identity, authentication, and customer experience, and he frequently speaks on these topics at industry events. Along with his Privakey colleagues, Charlie has been awarded two patents for innovations in customer-friendly, secure passwordless authentication. He currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Privakey, and he serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Charlie co-founded Privakey in 2016, and is responsible for the company’s strategy, communication, and execution.
Charlie previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Probaris Technologies, Inc., a digital identity business focused on the government sector. Earlier, Charlie led a large ecommerce and business intelligence consulting business at General Electric. Charlie earned a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with high honors from Drexel University. He also received extensive formal management training while rising through the ranks at GE.

Brian Ross

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Brian Ross has 20 years of experience spearheading the articulation, development, and management of innovative technology solutions. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer of Privakey. Brian is responsible for ensuring that the promise of simple and secure authentication becomes a reality for businesses and consumers alike. He has served in a similar role at Probaris since 2010.

Prior to joining Probaris, Brian worked as a consultant at Groundswell and Enterpulse, developing and managing solutions for a diverse range of companies that included Coca-Cola, J. P. Morgan Chase, Citibank, Standard and Poor’s, BMW NA, and T-Mobile. Earlier in his career, Brian worked in product management in Citibank’s Global Transaction Services group.

Ben Hollin

Chief Software Architect

Ben has 15 years of experience in the software and cybersecurity industry. He currently serves as the Chief Software Architect of Privakey, and is responsible for the overall architecture and operations of its solutions. He began working at Probaris immediately after college, where he now serves in a similar role.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with honors from The University of Pennsylvania.

Meet the board!

Frank P. Slattery


Mr. Slattery is a co-founder of Privakey and currently serves as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is also a founder and Chairman of the Board at Probaris. Previously Mr. Slattery served on the boards of two publicly held companies, serving as Chairman of PolyMedix, Inc., and as a Director of Clarient, Inc. Mr. Slattery is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Health Systems, Inc., and a former CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Mr. Slattery serves on the board of several emerging companies including NanoSelect, Inc., Knite, Inc., and MinusNine, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

For twenty-five years, Mr. Slattery was President, Chairman and Director of LFC Financial Corporation.

Adolf A. Paier


Mr. Paier co-founded Privakey and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He was also most recently the Chairman and CEO of Healthworks Alliance, Inc which he recently sold to Passport Health Communications. Healthworks Alliance is an information technology firm that is a leading supplier of medical software.From 1980 to 1992 Mr. Paier was President and Chief Operating Officer of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company. During his tenure as President, Safeguard made over 25 acquisitions or investments, sold a number of businesses, established two multi-million dollar venture capital limited partnerships, completed five public stock offerings and a number of bank or institutional debt transactions. Safeguard’s revenues increased from $47 million in 1980 to $667 million in 1991.

Mr. Paier serves on the Board of Directors of Deltapaper Corporation and Analytical Graphics, Inc. He is also on the Board of Trustees of The University of the Arts and several other non-profit boards. Mr. Paier has served on the Board of Directors of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., Novell, Inc., and four other public companies. Mr. Paier graduated with honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Durkin


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