The Board

​​​​​​​​Gemalto has a one-tier Board, which has ultimate responsibility for the management,

general affairs, direction and performance of the business as a whole.

Alex Mandl, Non-executive member, independent, Chairman of the Board.
Olivier Piou, Executive member, Chief Executive Officer.
Homaira Akbari, Non-executive member, independent.
Buford Alexander, Non-executive member, independent.
Philippe Alfroid, Non-executive member, independent.
Joop Drechsel, Non-executive, independent.
Johannes Fritz, Non-executive member, independent.
John Ormerod, Non-executive member, independent.
Yen Yen Tan, Non-executive member, independent.​

Alex Mandl  

Alex Mandl (1943) American

Non-executive member, independent
Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Nomination and Governance committee

Initial appointment: 2006
Current term:
2015-2017 (third term)
Other current appointments:
member of the Board of Directors of Arise Virtual Solutions Inc. and of Genpact Limited, as well as Board member of Accretive Health and of Levant Power Corporation.

Experience: Alex Mandl was Executive Chairman of Gemalto (2006-2007) and President and CEO of Gemplus (2002-2006). He has also been a Board member of Horizon Lines (2007-2012), Hewitt Associates (2007-2010), Visteon Corporation (2008-2010), and a Director of Dell Inc. (1997-2013), including Lead Director (2010-2013). He was previously a principal in ASM Investments focusing on the technology sector (2001-2002), and Chairman and CEO of Teligent, a company he started in 1996, offering telecommunication and internet services to business markets. Earlier, he was AT&T’s CFO and then President and Chief Operating Officer (1991-1996) with responsibility for long distance, wireless, local communications and internet services. He was also Chairman and CEO of Sea-Land Services, Inc. (1987-1991).

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Olivier Piou  

Olivier Piou (1958) French

Executive member
Chief Executive
Officer

Initial appointment: 2004
Current term: Reappointed on May 19, 2016 as Executive Board member and CEO up to and including August 31, 2016. Appointed on May 19, 2016 as Non-Executive Board member as of September 1, 2016 for a period ending at the close of the 2020 AGM (first term).​
Other current appointments: member of the Board of Directors of Nokia.

Experience: Olivier Piou conducted the merger of Gemplus and Axalto which formed Gemalto in 2006, and has been its CEO and a member of the Board of Directors since then. Before that he was CEO and a Board member of Axalto (2004-2006), a company which he had introduced to the stock market in 2004. He previously held a number of positions with Schlumberger across technology, marketing and operations in France and the US (1981-2004), including heading its Smart Cards division (1998-2004). He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent (2008-2016), a Board member of INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control (2003-2010), and President of Eurosmart, the international organization representing the chip card industry (2003-2006). He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor in France. ​

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Homaira Akbari  

Homaira Akbari (1961) American and French

Non-executive member, independent
Member of the Audit and M&A Committees

Initial appointment: 2013
Current term: 2013-2017 (first term)
Other current appointments: Non-executive Director  of Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE), non-executive Director of Landstar System Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), non-executive Director of Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS).

Experience: Homaira Akbari has extensive experience and deep domain knowledge in Internetof Things, software and security spaces. She is currently President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, an international advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations. From 2007 to 2012, she was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of SkyBitz, Inc. She has held executive and senior managerial roles in Microsoft(NASDAQ: MSFT), Thales, SA (Euronext: HO), and TruePosition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation(NASDAQ: LMCA). She holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business.

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Buford Alexander  

Buford Alexander (1949) American

Non-executive, independent
Member of the Nomination and Governance and M&A committees

Initial appointment: 2009
Current term: 2013-2017 (second term)
Other current appointments: Chairman of the supervisory Board of the Amsterdam Institute of Finance; President Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands; and supervisory Board member of the Roosevelt Study Center.

Experience: Buford Alexander is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, where he pursued a notable consulting career (1976-2008) leading its European high-tech and banking practices and founding its European Corporate Finance practice including M&A and post-merger management. He spent much of his last years at McKinsey designing and leading the transformation of global European multinationals. Since his retirement from McKinsey, Buford has served on corporate Boards in the sofware, travel and banking industries. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds the Royal Distinction of Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Amsterdam has been his European base since 1983.

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Philippe Alfroid  

Philippe Alfroid (1945) French

Non-executive, independent
Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the ​M&A Committee

Initial appointment: 2010
Current term: 2014-2018 (second term)
Other current appointments: Chairman of the supervisory Board of Faiveley Transport SA; Board member of Essilor International SA; and Board member of Eurogerm SA.

Experience: Philippe Alfroid was Chief Operating Officer of Essilor International, the world leader in ophthalmic optics (1996-2009) and had previously held several operational and senior management positions in the Group including Chief Financial Officer (1991-1996). He was Chairman of Sperian Protection (2003-2005), having been a Director since 1991. He is an engineering graduate from ENSEHRMA Grenoble and holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Joop Drechsel (1955) Dutch

Non-executive, independent
Member of the Audit and Compensation committees​

Initial appointment: 2015
Current term: 2015-2019 (first term)
Other current appointments: Chief Executive Officer of BCD Group, Chairman of the supervisory Board of Royal Wagenborg.

Experience: Joop Drechsel has served as non-executive member of the Boards of various companies, such as Fleurametz (2010-2014), Telegraaf Media Group (2007-2014), Eneco (2001-2014), North Coast Energy (2004-2009) and Versatel (2002-2005). He was non-executive member of the Board of Directors of TRX (2003-2007), Chairman (2007-2011) and again non-executive member (2011-2013). In 2000, he was founding partner of Cairneagle Associates LLP in the UK, an international consultancy company. He was a member of the Board of Telecom and President of KPN International (1997-1998) and a member of the executive Board of KPN N.V., Royal Dutch Telecom (1998-2000). Earlier he held various roles with Royal Dutch Shell (1982-1996), culminating in his appointment as Area Head Central/Eastern Europe & Russia, Shell Oil Products (1996-1997).

 

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Johannes Fritz  

Johannes Fritz (1954) German

Non-executive, independent
Chairman of the M&A committee; member of the ​Nomination and Governance committee

Initial appointment: 2006
Current term: 2016-2018 (fourth term)​
Other current appointments: Head of the Quandt/Klatten Family office and managing director of Seedamm-Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH; Board member of BHF Kleinwort Ben​​son Group (until mid April 2016); Chairman of the supervisory board of Solarwatt GmbH; Board member of Drees & Sommer AG; and Board member of Lonrho Holdings Limited (as of end of April 2016)

Experience: Mr. Fritz was a Board member of Avista AG (2013- 2015) and Director of Gemplus (2002-2006). With significant experience in the finance and the banking sector, he has been Head of the Quandt/Klatten Family office since 2000 and was previously its Managing Director, responsible for all financial questions and running the day-to-day-business (1990-2000). Before that he was with KPMG covering financial institutions and industrial companies (1984-1989) and was earlier assistant to the CEO of Bertelsmann. He has an MBA from Mannheim University and a post-graduate qualification from NYU Stern School of Business.​

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John Ormerod  

John Ormerod (1949) British

Non-executive, independent
Chairman of the Audit Committee; member of the Compensation Committee

Initial appointment: 2006
Current term: 2015-2017 (fourth term)
Other current appointments: Non-executive Director of ITV plc.; non-executive Director of Constellium N.V; and non-executive Chairman of First Names Group Ltd.

Experience: John Ormerod is a UK chartered accountant with advisory and non-executive Director experience in finance and in the technology sector. He was a non-executive Director of Gemplus (2004-2006), as well as a non-executive Director of Computacenter plc (2006-2015), a non-executive Director of Misys plc, a leader in the
financial software industry (2005-2012) and a nonexecutive Director of Tribal Group plc (2009-2015). Prior to that he was a partner with Deloitte & Touche (2002-2004). Earlier he served with the accounting and consulting firm Arthur Andersen (1970-2002) where he led the development of the firm’s European Technology, Media and Communications practice, culminating in his appointment as UK managing partner (2001-2002).

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Yen Yen Tan  

Yen Yen Tan (1965) Singaporean

Non-executive, independent
Member of the Nomination and Governance and the M&A Committees

Initial appointment: 2012
Current term: 2016-2020 (second term)​
Other current appointments:Regional VP/Managing Director, Asia Pacific (South), SAS Institute; Director, Singapore Press Holdings; Chairperson, Singapore Science Center; Director, Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency; Director, Cap Vista Pte Ltd; Director, Singapore Institute of Directors; Advisory board member, National University of Singapore School of Computing; and advisor mentor of TNF Ventures.

Experience: Ms. Tan has considerable experience in the technology sector. She was Senior VP Applications, Oracle Corporation Asia Pacific (2010-2014); VP/Managing Director, Hewlett-Packard Singapore (2005-2010) and various senior management positions with HP across Asia-Pacific (1993-2005). Chairperson, Singapore’s Infocomm Technology Federation (2009-2011); Board member, Infocomm Development Authority (2009-2011), committee member of its Media Masterplan’s Talent and Manpower Work Committee (2013-2014); Deputy Chairperson, Singapore’s Ministry of Communications & Information Internet & Media Advisory committee (2009-2011); and member, IT sub-committee, Singapore’s Government Economic Strategies Committee (2010-2011).​

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