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Chief Executive Officer

  • Oliver Piou, Chief Executive Officer

    Olivier Piou

    Gemalto's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Board member
    (born in 1958), French

    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 Director 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.

Senior Management

Gemalto's Senior Management team, under the direction of the CEO, have primary responsibility for running the Company's day-to-day business.

Paul Beverly, EVP Marketing
Eke Bijzitter, Compliance, Governance and Central officer
Philippe Cabanettes, EVP Human Resources
Jean-Pierre Charlet, EVP General Counsel, Risk Prevention & Management, Company Secretary
Isabelle Marand, EVP Corporate Communication
Martin McCourt, EVP Strategy and Innovation
Jacques Tierny, EVP Chief Financial Officer
Philippe Vallée, EVP Chief Operating Officer

  • Paul Beverly

    EVP Marketing
    (1962) American


    Paul Beverly has held his current position since 2006. In this role he leads Gemalto's global marketing activities, focusing on business development and the customer experience at all touch points. He also served as President of North America (2003-2013) with responsibility for business operations since the inception of the Company. Before that he held senior management positions in the United States and Europe for Schlumberger, with whom he began his career.
    Paul is deeply involved in the high tech industry, having served as Chairman of the leading security trade organization and the Board of the University of Texas Technology Incubator, and frequently presenting at industry events and in the media. He is presently active with numerous charitable organizations and is a Board Member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Council. Paul holds Business and Economics degrees from Auburn and Harvard University.​

  • Eke Bijzitter

    Compliance, Governance and Central officer
    (1974) Dutch


    Eke Bijzitter has held her current position since January 2014. Prior to this she was Group Corporate Counsel and Deputy Company Secretary of Gemalto (2005-2013). Before joining Gemalto she held different positions as corporate counsel in the Netherlands. Eke Bijzitter is a graduate in law from the University of Groningen and a postgraduate in Corporate Structures from the Grotius Academie.

  • Philippe Cabanettes

    EVP Human Resources
    (1955) French

    Philippe Cabanettes has held his current position since 2006. Prior to this he was VP Human Resources for Axalto (2004-2006); Director of Personnel for Schlumberger’s Volume Products business (2001-2004) and Director of Personnel for Schlumberger’s Resources Management Services division (1997-2001). He previously held various positions with worldwide responsibility for Human Resources in the petroleum, industrial and services sectors of the Schlumberger group, and was based in France, Italy and the US. He has served as President of, a non-profit, cross-industry organization facilitating Dual Career management since 2002. Philippe is a graduate from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (“Sciences-Po”) and holds a Master in Economics from Université de Paris X.

  • Jean-Pierre Charlet

     EVP General Counsel, Risk Prevention & Management, Company Secretary
    (1953) French

    Jean-Pierre Charlet has held his current position since 2005. Since January 2014 he has also taken responsibility for Risk Prevention and Management.
    Prior to this he was General Counsel of Rexel (2003-2005), Deputy General Counsel of Sanofi-Synthélabo (1999-2002), and General Counsel of Synthélabo (1996-1999).
    From 1981 to 1996 he held positions within the Legal Departments of Carnaud-Metalbox, PPR group, Schlumberger group and Société Métallurgique Le Nickel-SLN. Jean-Pierre was admitted to the Bar in Paris in 1974 where he began his career in various law firms.
    Jean-Pierre holds a Master in Law from Université de Paris X and a Master of Comparative Law from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

  • Isabelle Marand

    EVP Corporate Communication
    (1966) French

    Isabelle Marand has held her current position since January 2014. Prior to this she was VP Corporate Communication (2010-2013) and VP Branding and Internal Communication (2006-2010) for Gemalto. Isabelle previously headed Axalto’s communication department (2003-2006) and spent seven years in different marketing communication positions within Schlumberger. Before this she held various marketing and communication positions at Alcatel Business Systems (1989-1996). Isabelle Marand is a graduate from the ​Ecole Superieure de Commerce d'Amiens (Master in Management)​ and holds a degree in foreign languages from la Sorbonne Nouvelle University.

  • Martin McCourt

    EVP Strategy and Innovation
    (1962) Irish

    Martin McCourt has held his current position since 2007, being responsible for Strategy and M&A and executing over 20 acquisitions. From January 2014 he has also taken responsibility for Research and Development, Innovation, IP and Purchasing. He was previously President of Asia for Gemplus (2005-2007) and before that had spent 20 years with Corning Inc in R&D, sales and marketing, strategy and M&A roles, most recently heading the worldwide Project Services business for Corning Cable Systems. Martin has a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, a PhD in Integrated Optics from the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin.

  • Jacques Tierny

    EVP Chief Financial Officer
    (1954) Swiss & French

    Jacques Tierny has held his current role since 2007. Before that he was head of the Valuation and Strategic Finance practice for KPMG Corporate Finance in Paris. Jacques was previously Group CFO and later Executive Deputy General Manager for the retail group Casino (2003–2006). He had earlier spent 23 years in different finance positions at Michelin, later becoming Group Deputy CFO. Jacques began his career as a commodity broker. He graduated in 1977 from the HEC School of Management in Paris, and also from the International Management Program from the MBA of New York University and the Mestrado from Gétulio Vargas in São Paulo. Jacques also taught Corporate Finance at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) and other business schools, and is a member of the board of the French investment fund Sicav LCL Obligations Euro.

  • Philippe Vallée

    EVP Chief Operating Officer
    (1964) French

    Philippe Vallée has held his current position since January 2014. Prior to this he was EVP Telecommunications Business Unit (2007-2013). He previously served Gemalto and Gemplus in a number of roles including heading the Product and Marketing Center; CTO; VP Marketing and then President of the Telecom BU; and VP Gemplus Technologies Asia based in Singapore. Before that he held a number of positions in marketing, product management and sales in Europe and in Asia, and has over 23 years’ experience in the Telecom industry. He began his career with Matra Communication (now Lagardère Group) as a product manager on the first generation of GSM mobile phones. Philippe has a degree in Engineering (Telecom and Microelectronics) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble and is a graduate of the ESSEC Business School.