Caryn Seidman Becker, CEO, CLEAR

Caryn Seidman Becker, CEO, CLEAR

By Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens

Looking back at her successful career, there are lots of signs Caryn Seidman Becker had the makings of a chief executive long before she would take the helm of CLEAR, the biometric technology company in airports across the country that enables more than 1 million subscribers to skip long lines by confirming their identity with the swipe of a finger.  She bought the company out of bankruptcy in 2010 and has rebuilt it over the last seven years.  Delta owns a 5% stake in the venture and it began to turn a profit in 2016. The blue kiosks are available in 21 airports including LGA, JFK, Seattle, Denver and Atlanta. Next up is LAX. 

Throughout her professional life, Seidman Becker never shied away from some of the most testosterone-fueled industries that attracted her interest and acumen: finance, aviation and tech.  Seidman Becker is a founding partner of Arience Capital, a hedge fund where she managed more than $1 billion in assets and specialized in turnarounds.

The self-described contrarian, who says finding a “diamond in the rough” is a huge motivator, ties her confidence to her childhood growing up in Potomoc, Maryland. She credits her fearlessness to parents who didn’t force stereotypical female expectations on she and her sister; a tight knit group of four “guy friends” from her childhood who she still counts among her inner circle today; and that time in high school she didn’t make the “pommie” squad. Her motto, a core value of the company she runs today, is to be “indefatigable.” It’s the word she used to describe herself in her college essays as a person who never gives up and it still resonates today as she expand’s CLEAR’s reach into new markets including sports stadiums.  Watch more of our interview here:


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