Today we’re talking to Charles Walton, the SVP and GM of Identity at Avast. And we discuss how we’re moving toward a future where people have total control of their digital identity. The factors that are driving progress in the identity space, and advice on being patient and having more foresight in your career. 

All of this right here, right now, on the ModernCTO Podcast!

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In case you missed it: check out our episode with Avast’s CTO Michal Pěchouček

About Charles Walton:

Charles Walton joined Avast in June 2021 to lead research and development in the identity protection space, an extension of Avast’s existing expertise in security and privacy protection. In a newly created role, his remit is to define Avast’s identity strategy and product distribution with a focus on innovation that includes a partnership model for co-design and bespoke solutions.

Prior to joining Avast, Mr. Walton was Senior Vice President, Digital Identity Products and responsible for the creation and rollout of a major new global business within Mastercard focused upon digital identity services, known as the ID Service.

Mr. Walton was additionally a co-founder and on the steering board of both the Trust over IP Foundation and the Good Health Pass Collaborative. Previous to that, he was responsible for government related digital identity services within Idemia.

About Avast:

At Avast, we strive to give everyone the power to explore our shared digital world freely and safely. Our team is working to help shape the digital world to be a freer, fairer and safer place through the application of science, technology and human ingenuity, and we are looking for people who share our passion to contribute to a better online world. Avast promotes a rich diversity of cultures, debates, and out-of-the-box thinking. Today, Avast is a FTSE 100 company that safeguards more than 435 million people worldwide, protecting their digital data, identity, and privacy.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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