IDnow has appointed Johannes Leser as its new VP Trust Services. Leser’s main responsibilities at IDnow will be the expansion of the Trust Services unit as well as the management of a new German trust service.

The company, which is headquartered in Munich and has five additional European locations, announces its intention to create a qualified trust service provider (QTSP) as part of the appointment of Johannes Leser. In the field of digital wallets to prove identity, QTSPs play a central role.

Within these digital wallets, users and citizens can combine their national digital identity (also known as “basic identity”) with digital proofs of other personal attributes such as their driver’s license, diplomas or bank account. The authenticity of these attributes must be confirmed by a specially certified provider of qualified trust services. With the appointment of Johannes Leser and the project to build a QTSP, IDnow will further expand its service offering around digital identities and wallets.

In his new role, Johannes Leser will bring to the organization extensive experience in qualified trust services and digital transaction management. Four years ago he founded Namirial Germany, the German subsidiary of one of the largest trust service providers in the European market. For more than a decade, he has been involved in the reliable integration of electronic signatures into digital processes.

Johannes Leser commented: “I am looking forward to building a qualified trust service provider with IDnow. Among other challenges, we will address issues of how qualified attributes interact with wallets to prove digital identities.

Armin Bauer, CTO and Managing Director of IDnow, added: “This is an important step in the digital identity space for IDnow. By creating our own QTSP, we can not only verify and store digital identities, but also attest to additional electronic attributes. Johannes Leser brings the ideal experience to make this initiative a success and I look forward to working with him.

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