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.
Johannes Fritz, Non-executive member, independent.
John Ormerod, Non-executive member, independent.
Arthur van der Poel, Non-executive member, independent.
Michel Soublin, Non-executive member, independent.
Yen Yen Tan, Non-executive member, independent.
Drina Yue, 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:
    2011-2015 (second 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.

    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 Director of Dell Inc. (1997 - 2013), including Lead Director from 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 (1958) French

    Executive member
    Chief Executive Officer

    Initial appointment: 2004
    Current term: 2012-2016 (third term)
    Other current appointments: member of the Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent SA.

    Experience: Olivier Piou conducted the merger of Gemplus and Axalto which formed Gemalto in 2006, and has been its CEO since then. Before that he was CEO and Board member of Axalto (2004-2006), which he introduced to the stock market, and President of Smart Cards with Schlumberger (1998-2004). He previously held a number of positions with that company across technology, marketing and operations in France and the US (1981-1998). He was 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 (1961) American and French

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

    Initial appointment: 2013
    Current term: 2013-2017 (first term)
    Other current appointments: Non-executive Director of Landstar System Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council.

    Experience: Homaira Akbari has extensive experience and deep domain knowledge in mobile, software and security spaces. From 2007 to 2012, she was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Prior to SkyBitz, she held senior managerial roles with significant responsibilities in very large publicly-traded companies: 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 (1949) American

    Non-executive, independent
    Member of the Nomination and Governance and Strategy 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; Chairman of the Holland America Friendship Foundation; President emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands; and member of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands.

    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 has spent much of the last years designing and leading the transformation of global European multinationals. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds the Royal Distinction of Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Amsterdam
    has served as his European base since 1983.

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  • Philippe Alfroid (1945) French

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

    Initial appointment: 2010
    Current term: 2010-2014 (first 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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  • Johannes Fritz (1954) German

    Non-executive, independent
    Chairman of the Strategy and M&A Committee; member of the Audit Committee

    Initial appointment: 2006
    Current term: 2012-2016 (third term)
    Other current appointments: Head of the Quandt/Klatten Family office and managing director of Seedamm-Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH; Chairman of the supervisory board of Solarwatt GmbH; and Board member of Avista AG and Drees & Sommer AG.

    Experience: Johannes Fritz was a 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 (1949) British

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

    Initial appointment: 2006
    Current term: 2013-2015 (third term)
    Other current appointments: Chairman of Tribal Group plc; non-executive Director of Computacenter plc; and non-executive Director of ITV plc.

    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); a non-executive Director of Misys plc, a leader in the financial software industry (2005-2012); and 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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  • Michel Soublin (1945) French

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

    Initial appointment: 2004
    Current term: 2011-2015 (third term)
    Other current appointments: None.

    Experience: Michel Soublin has held several positions in finance and management in Paris, New York and Moscow within Schlumberger, of which Axalto was formerly a division. He was CEO of its e-Transactions subsidiary involving smart cards, POS terminals, service station equipment and parking divisions (1983-1990); financial director of its Oilfield Services (1996-1998); director of Business Information Systems (1998-1999); Group Treasurer (2001-2005); and financial advisor (2005-2007).

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  • Arthur van der Poel (1948) Dutch

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

    Initial appointment: 2004
    Current term: 2012-2016 (third term)
    Other current appointments: Chairman of the supervisory Board of ASML Holding NV; chairman of the supervisory board of BDR-Thermae Group BV; and member of the supervisory Board of Royal HaskoningDHV BV..

    Experience: Arthur van der Poel has a life-time’s experience in the electronics and telecoms sectors. He was Chairman of MEDEA+, the pan-European program for co-operative R&D in microelectronics (2004-2007); and was previously a member of the Board of management of Royal Philips Electronics (1998-2003). Before that he served with Philips Semiconductors where he held different marketing and management positions (1984-1996), culminating as Chairman and CEO (1996-2001). Arthur had earlier worked for the International Telecommunication Union in Indonesia, and before that for the R&D group of Dutch telecom operator PTT.

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  • Yen Yen Tan (1965) Singaporean

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

    Initial appointment: 2012
    Current term: 2012-2016 (first term)
    Other current appointments: Senior Vice-President
    (Applications), Oracle Corporation Asia Pacific; Director, Singapore Press Holdings; Chairman, Singapore Science Center; Director, Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency; Director, Cap Vista Pte Ltd; Director, Singapore Institute of Directors; member of the advisory boards for Singapore Institute of Management’s International Academic Panel and National University of Singapore School of Computing; and advisor mentor of TNF Ventures.

    Experience: Yen Yen Tan has considerable experience in the technology sector. She was Vice-President and Managing Director for Hewlett-Packard (HP) Singapore (2005-2010); and previously held various senior management positions with HP including sales, channels and marketing across Asia-Pacific region (1993-2005). She was also Chairman of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (2009-2011); and Deputy Chairperson of the Internet and Media Advisory Committee of Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (2009-2011).

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  • Drina Yue (1957) American

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

    Initial appointment: 2012
    Current term: 2012-2016 (first term)
    Other current appointments: Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of Western Union, Asia Pacific.

    Experience: Drina Yue has a wealth of experience especially in telecommunications. She was head of Motorola’s Asia Pacific Broadband Communications, Home & Network Mobility business (2004-2010); and COO then CEO of iSteelAsia, developing it into the world’s first listed steel vertical portal (2000-2004). She was previously Chief of Staff to the President of Motorola’s wireless infrastructure business in China (1999-2000); and held various roles with BellSouth (1984-1994) receiving five US patents in telecommunications services. She began her career at AT&T as a development engineer and systems analyst (1980-1984). She was also a Board member of HK’s Information Infrastructure Advisory Committee (2000-2006) and is a member of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages (Enforcement Notices) Appeal Board.

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