Background Check Software Company deverus Names Sarah Alwais Chief Operating Officer

Austin-based deverus, Inc., the nation’s leader in cutting-edge background checking software - which processes over 2.5 million hires per year by more than 35,000 businesses nationwide - has announced the promotion of Sarah Alwais to Chief Operating Officer.  Alwais joined the company in August, 2016, as a program manager.   She brings nearly 18 years experience in the SaaS and project management workflow industries to the company. 


“I’m very happy to recognize Sarah’s accomplishments as well as her experience and expertise, both technical and organizational, by selecting her as our company’s COO,” said deverus founder and CEO Shawn Rucks.  “We look forward to a long relationship, and exciting times coming up as the background check industry continues to expand and deverus focus' on delivering the best technology to meet the market's needs.”

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Alwais will be responsible for managing all day-to-day operational aspects of the company, planning and directing all aspects of deverus’ operational policies, objectives, and initiatives.   She will take the reins in guiding the company’s customer success, technology, financial and operational goals.  


The U.S. screening industry earns more than $2 billion in yearly revenue, with a projected annual growth of 2.2 percent over the next 10 - 15 years.  It is considered one of the more complex fields for new enterprises to succeed in due to the myriad government regulations and compliance issues.  The mission of deverus is to streamline that process for background check companies, by producing both cloud-based workflow and compliance software in addition to efficient, accurate and accessible data. "We know that Sarah will be instrumental in helping us navigate the industry challenges and actually thrive." said Shawn Rucks.


Prior to joining deverus, Sarah Alwais spent three years at e-commerce software company Volusion as a senior manager.  B2b marketing agency Bulldog Solutions as the project management office manager.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Business.

About deverus

Established in 1998, privately-held Austin-based deverus, Inc., helps companies in the background screening industry work better, faster and smarter by providing the highest quality software, SAAS cloud-based solutions, mobile applications, integrations, compliance, automation, security, privacy and customer support services available. Deriving its name from a blend of Latin and Spanish meaning “from the truth,” deverus helps HR departments make critical hiring decisions using data such as criminal records, education and employment verifications, drug and assessment testing, and more. The company delivers its services to over 35,000 businesses, hiring more than 2.5 million employees per year, through more than 75 trusted partners. deverus is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) the respected screening professionals industry watchdog, and was named a “Best Place to Work” by the Austin Business Journal.

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