Liberty Alliance Solidifies Growth with New Executive Director

Japan Conformance Event Highlights Expanded Asia Presence

Liberty Alliance – Tokyo – The Liberty Alliance, the global consortium developing an open federated identity standard and business tools for implementing identity-based services, today announced the appointment of Donal O’Shea as Executive Director. The Executive Director position has been created to focus on three areas: to ensure that Liberty’s purpose is clearly and widely communicated; to broaden Liberty’s global membership, and to increase end-user participation in the development of future specifications and business guidelines. O’Shea will be formally introduced as Executive Director this morning at a Liberty Alliance press conference to kick off the sponsor meeting in Tokyo.

“Everyone involved with the Liberty Alliance has positions within their respective member companies,” said Liberty Alliance President Michael Barrett. “This position was created to allow Donal to focus solely on the Liberty Alliance and to help ensure that Liberty continues to be the premiere organization establishing digital identity standards, industry best practices and an interoperable marketplace.”

For the past 14 years, O’Shea has been an independent consultant based in Silicon Valley. He has worked with enterprise CIOs, IT users and vendors from around the world to help both with understanding new technologies and how to effectively deploy them. O’Shea started his career at IBM, and has held executive positions at Amdahl as well as the Open Software Foundation.

O’Shea’s IT background in the United States, Europe and Asia positions him well to understand and represent the diverse interests of both Liberty Alliance’s end user and vendor membership. O’Shea will also focus on continuing to grow the Liberty membership globally, and work closely with Liberty Alliance’s Management Board, Expert Group Chairs and ISTO staff.

“Businesses have needed a solution to the growing identity threat for years,” said Donal O’Shea, Executive Director, Liberty Alliance. “Liberty is the only open group addressing the business, policy and technical issues of identity, creating output to truly make digital identity useful. I look forward to helping the Alliance build on its momentum and continue to drive the adoption of open identity standards worldwide.”

O’Shea’s new role was effective September 13, 2004.

Additional Liberty Alliance news includes the following:

· The latest Liberty-sponsored conformance test was held in Tokyo this week, from October 11 – 15. Products and services undergo four days of rigorous testing in order to earn the Liberty Alliance Interoperable mark. This was the first conformance event to test the Liberty Identity Web services specification ID-WSF 1.0, in addition to conformance testing for Liberty Federation specifications ID-FF 1.1 and 1.2. Liberty will announce the results of the conformance event in the next two weeks.

· The Liberty Alliance is holding its fall sponsors meeting in Tokyo, featuring demonstrations of Liberty-enabled products and services from companies including AOL, Cash U, Ericsson, HP, NEC, Nokia, NTT, NTT Comware Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Sun, Trustgenix, and Vodafone. Additionally, a case study seminar, developer tutorial and open demonstrations will take place later in the day.

About the Liberty Alliance
The Liberty Alliance ( is an alliance of more than 150 companies, non-profit and government organizations from around the globe. The consortium is committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity that supports all current and emerging network devices. Federated identity offers businesses, governments, employees and consumers a more convenient and secure way to control identity information in today’s digital economy, and is a key component in driving the use of e-commerce, personalized data services, as well as web-based services. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.

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