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.
Philippe Vallée, Executive member and CEO.
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.
Olivier Piou, Non-executive member, non-independent.
Yen Yen Tan, Non-executive member, independent.
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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Experience: Mr. Vallée is a graduate in engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) business school. He began his career with Matra Communication as a product manager on the first generation of GSM mobile phones. Mr. Vallée joined Gemplus in 1992. He held a number of positions in marketing, product management and sales in Europe and in Asia, including Vice-President of Gemplus Technologies Asia based in Singapore. He was afterwards promoted Vice-President of Marketing, and then President of the Gemplus Telecom business unit. After the merger of equals between Axalto and Gemplus which created Gemalto in 2006, he served as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer until June 2007, he was appointed as Executive Vice-President in charge of the Telecommunications Business Unit until 2013. He was the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from January 2014 to August 2016, with operational responsibility for all the Company’s businesses.
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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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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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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), a non-executive Director of Tribal Group plc (2009-2015), and a non-executive Chairman of First Names Group Ltd (2015-2016). 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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Olivier Piou (1958) French
Non-executive member, non-independent
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: Vice-Chairman 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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Yen Yen Tan (1965) Singaporean
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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