Ping Identity Announces Additions to Leadership Team

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Ping Identity Announces Additions to Leadership Team

Company Expands Executive Team to Deepen Commitment to Innovation and Expertise in Intelligent Identity


DENVER, CO, November 15, 2018 — Ping Identity, the leader in Identity Defined Security, today announced the addition of two new executives to its leadership team. Bernard Harguindeguy is now Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Richard Bird has been appointed Chief Customer Information Officer (CCIO). These senior leaders bring much knowledge expertise to the organization, with strong backgrounds in the API security and identity and access management (IAM) industries.


Bernard Harguindeguy, Chief Technology Officer

Bernard Harguindeguy joined Ping in June 2018 through the acquisition of Elastic Beam, where he was the CEO and founder. Elastic Beam revolutionized the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to protect API infrastructures from cyber attacks, and deliver deep insight into API access and usage.


Since then, he has been serving as senior vice president of intelligence, driving market awareness to the economic benefits that APIs and digital transformation initiatives can bring to global businesses. Taking on the new role of CTO will allow him to continue this work, while also evolving the company’s technology strategy. Bernard will help drive overall product direction and innovation by offering world-class technologies to our customers. He has extensive experience in virtual data centers and security from his roles as CEO of Atlantis Computing, GreenBorder and WorldTalk, and in identity management at Critical Path, where he was the EVP and GM of that business unit.


Richard Bird, Chief Customer Information Officer

As Chief Customer Information Officer, Richard Bird is a welcome addition to the Ping family. As part of his new responsibilities, he will act as an advisor to the Ping Identity community and the global marketplace. His unique perspective will explore the most challenging identity and cyber security issues faced in today’s world.


He brings more than 20 years of corporate business, technology and security operations experience to the table. This includes serving as an executive director in the office of the CISO advisory practice at Optiv, the global head of identity and access management for JPMorgan Chase, and the chief information security officer for Mettler-Toledo. An author and frequent speaker on a broad range of cybersecurity topics, Richard is widely recognized as an identity evangelist.  


“The addition of Bernard Harguindeguy and Richard Bird underscores our unwavering focus on customer enablement and success. With their strong leadership and professional experiences, I believe we’re better positioned to deliver world-class intelligent identity security solutions. I’m excited to have their energy on our executive team,” shared Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity.


To learn more about Ping Identity and how it’s improving security and engagement with its Ping Intelligent Identity Platform, visit


About Ping Identity

Ping Identity is pioneering Intelligent Identity. We help enterprises achieve Zero Trust identity-defined security and more personalized, streamlined user experiences. The Ping Intelligent Identity™ platform provides customers, employees, partners and, increasingly, IoT, with access to cloud, mobile, SaaS and on-premises applications and APIs, while also managing identity and profile data at scale. Over half of the Fortune 100 choose us for our identity expertise, open standards leadership, and partnership with companies including Microsoft and Amazon. We provide flexible options to extend hybrid IT environments and accelerate digital business initiatives with multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, access management, intelligent API security, directory and data governance capabilities. Visit


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