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NEC Corporation Announces Dr. Kathleen Kiernan as Permanent President of NEC National Security Systems

Dr. Kiernan Brings Three Decades of Federal Law Enforcement Experience to NEC's FOCI-Mitigated Subsidiary

Arlington, VA - September 29, 2021 - NEC Corporation of America (NEC), is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen Kiernan will assume the office of President at NEC National Security Systems (NEC NSS). Over the course of her two months as Interim President, Dr. Kiernan's combination of leadership experience and industry expertise has been invaluable to the company.

"Kathleen is absolutely the right fit for us," said Raffie Beroukhim, Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer at NEC Corporation of America. "In her almost three decades of experience in federal law enforcement, she's seen it all and it's that public-sector security expertise we want guiding us well into the future."

A 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement and one of our country's foremost experts in threat detection, Dr. Kiernan successfully launched NEC NSS, a FOCI-mitigated subsidiary, into the next phase of development as interim CEO - giving the organization renewed vision to serve the critical mission of the U.S. government.

She previously served as Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), focusing on intelligence-led organizational strategy.

Dr. Kiernan is the Founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), a women-owned global consulting firm specializing in intelligence, law enforcement and national security. She is a recognized expert in strategic thinking, strategy development, and facilitating critical incident management exercises for senior leaders across public and private sector organizations.

On making the transition to permanent President, Dr. Kiernan stated, "These past two months at NEC NSS have been simply outstanding. Our focus on cutting-edge technology delivered at the speed of need in the global environment, while also providing shared value to our communities is an unbeatable combination."

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NEC Corporation of America (NEC) is a leading technology integrator providing solutions that improve the way people work and communicate. NEC delivers integrated Solutions for Society that are aligned with our customers' priorities to create new value for people, businesses and society, with a special focus on safety, security and efficiency. We deliver one of the industry's strongest and most innovative portfolios of communications, analytics, security, biometrics and technology solutions that unleash customers' productivity potential. Through these solutions, NEC combines its best-in-class solutions and technology, and leverages a robust partner ecosystem to solve today's most complex business problems. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 140 countries and $29.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit

About NEC National Security Systems
NEC National Security Systems, Inc. (NSS), is a leading provider of biometric identity and AI technology for federal government agencies in defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security agencies. Based in Arlington, Va., NSS deploys proven groundbreaking technology for access control, identity verification, scene processing, advanced analytics, fiber optic sensing, border control and transportation security, among other applications. The company was launched in 2020 as a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America and will operate under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the US Government as a FOCI-mitigated entity, free of foreign ownership, control, and influence. It provides full-service solutions for large agencies using the intellectual property and resources of the global NEC brand. The NEC Corporation invests an estimated $1.01 billion annually in R&D, holds 47,000 patents, and has more than 110,000 employees in 160+ countries. For more information, please visit

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