The board of Mitek Systems Inc. named CEO James DeBello to the role of chairman, the technology company announced on March 9. DeBello takes the chairmanship from John Thornton, who stepped down from the board.

DeBello, 57, has been a director since 1994. He has served as company CEO since 2003.

Thornton, 83, has been a director since 1986 and served as CEO on two occasions. He is also chairman of Thornton Winery in Temecula. A company spokeswoman said the board plans to fill the seat vacated by Thornton.

Mitek (Nasdaq: MITK) produces what it calls mobile capture and identity verification software solutions. Simply put, its technology uses the camera function of a mobile device to help verify the authenticity of a government ID card, and to populate fields when a person has to fill out a form. The company created the technology that lets people deposit checks by taking photos of them.

The company also announced that the board appointed Bruce Hansen as lead independent director. Hansen was co-founder of ID Analytics, which was eventually acquired by LifeLock Inc.