The Onstott Group Recruits CFO for Aware

May 19, 2020 – Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at a range of companies.

The Onstott Group, a Wellesley, MA-based search firm, recently placed David Barcelo as the new treasurer and CFO of NASDAQ-traded Aware Inc. in Bedford, MA.

“I would like to thank Joe Onstott and his team at the Onstott Group for their role in helping us appoint Dave Barcelo as our new chief financial officer at Aware,” said Bob Eckel, president and CEO of Aware. “Dave has over 14 years of extensive financial and operational experience in the identity solutions industry. Having worked with Dave in the past, I am fully confident that his extensive industry knowledge and financial leadership experience will serve Aware very well as we continue to bring identity solutions to life.”


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Mr. Barcelo previously served as vice president of strategic marketing of IDEMIA (OT-Morpho) since 2017. Prior to that, he was vice president of business operations for MorphoTrust USA for six years and corporate director of financial planning and strategic operations of L-1 Identity Solutions for five years. Mr. Barcelo received his MBA and MIS degrees from Boston University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Yale University.

In his new position with Aware, Mr. Barcelo is responsible for finance, accounting, legal, and overall business operations and as a senior member of the executive team reports directly to Mr. Eckel. “I’m excited to be taking on the role of chief financial officer at Aware,” Mr. Barcelo said. “I have had a lot of experience working in strategy, finance and operations in the identity solutions industry. I know that Aware has a great reputation for developing industry-leading biometric solutions with an impressive roster of customer accounts. I look forward to working together with the team to help Aware solidify its position in the industry as a leading provider of biometric software solutions.”

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Aware is a provider of productized biometrics software products, solutions and services to governments, system integrators, and commercial organizations and solution providers globally. The company’s portfolio of biometric solutions are based on innovative, robust products designed explicitly for ease of integration including customer-managed and integration ready biometric frameworks, platforms, SDKs and services.

Veteran Search Consultants

Joe Onstott and Pat Campbell co-founded the Onstott Group in 1987. The firm provides recruitment services for businesses across a number of sectors, including aerospace/ defense, technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech, manufacturing, consumer, business services, non-profit, higher education, venture capital, private equity and high growth companies. Based in the Boston area, with offices in Greenwich, CT and Houston, TX, the firm has filled senior-level roles for an array of clients, including American Science & Engineering, MorphoTrust USA, Dyn, Paytronix Systems, Valore, Vicon Industries, Demandware, Welch’s, Bose Corp. and Direct Energy, among others.


The Onstott Group Recruits CEO for BioDirection
The Onstott Group placed Sharad H. Joshi as president and CEO of BioDirection. “On behalf of our board, I would like to thank Onstott Group for a job well done,” said Jim Wylie, executive chairman. “We appreciate the firm’s efforts to identify a diverse set of candidates for the position and most of all for its counsel and persistence. Sharad possesses a balance of experience with a strong technical background and very positive leadership skills.”


Mr. Onstott has over 28 years of experience in the technology sector. He is an advisor to many CEOs and boards of directors, assisting them in strategically building their companies. His search practice has focused on recruiting board members, CEOs and executive teams for early stage, high growth and turnaround businesses in enterprise software, communications, ecommerce, media, defense, security and business services.

With a background in management consulting, Ms. Campbell brings a consultative approach to building high performance management teams. She has completed executive search assignments for clients in software, consumer products, non-profit, higher education, services and private equity industries. Her clients range from early-stage ventures to large public companies. Among her honors, Ms. Campbell has been named to the Top 10 Recruiters by Women’s Business Boston.

Related: Acertitude Lands New CFO for Binary Tree

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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