Gemplus Appoints Alex Mandl Chief Executive Officer
Luxembourg - Friday 30 August, 2002 - Gemplus
International SA (Paris Euronext: Euroclear 5768 and Nasdaq: GEMP) today
announces the appointment of Alex Mandl as Chief Executive Officer of
Gemplus. Alex will take up this appointment on Monday, 9th September.
From 1996 through to 2001 Alex was Chairman and CEO of Teligent
Inc, which built local digital microwave networks to serve businesses
across the US. Between 1991 and 1996, Alex worked at AT&T, becoming
President and COO, with overall responsibility for directing the company's
long distance, wireless and local communications services, in addition
to its Direct TV, credit card and Internet business. Prior to joining
AT&T Alex spent four years as President and CEO of Sea-Land Services,
Inc., the world's largest provider of ocean transport and distribution
services. Alex currently serves as a director on a number of corporate
and not-for-profit boards, including those of Dell Computers and Pfizer.
Dominique Vignon, Chairman of Gemplus said:
"We are delighted to welcome Alex Mandl as our new Chief Executive
Officer. His skills and experience are outstanding and position him to
lead Gemplus forward, build upon all that the business has achieved this
year and take advantage of the substantial opportunities we see in the
growing global smart card industry. His broad base of experience will
allow him to directly and rapidly contribute across a number of our major
markets, including telecoms and security."
Alex Mandl said:
"I will be in Gemenos next week and look forward to meeting everyone.
I also look forward to leading Gemplus to secure its full potential in
the fast moving smart card marketplace. I will be totally committed to
that aim on behalf of our customers, employees and shareholders alike.
I am helped enormously by the significant achievements of Ron Mackintosh
and the whole management and employee team this year. There is much to
be done; but Gemplus has a great platform from which to work."
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Notes to Editors:
Background on Alex Mandl
Aged 58, Alex was born in Austria, holds an M.B.A from the University
of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in economics from Willamette University
in Salem, Oregon.
Since April 2001, Alex has been a principal in ASM Investments, which
focuses on early stage funding for companies utilising technology as a
differentiator primarily in the data and telephony sector.
From 1996 to 2001, Alex was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Teligent,
a company he founded which offered business customers an alternative to
the Bell Companies for local, long distance, high-speed data and dedicated
internet access. Within three years, Teligent was serving customers in
67 major markets in the U.S. and around the world. Although Teligent wound
up filing under Chapter 11, virtually every other start-up competing in
the new competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) sector folded following
the closure of access to capital markets. Teligent was widely acknowledged
to have been the most successful of this new set of companies and Alex
consistently met or exceeded, Wall Street expectations during his tenure.
Due to a change in control and resulting different direction for the business,
Alex resigned in April, 2001.
Prior to Teligent, Alex served as President and Chief Operating Officer
of AT&T, where he was responsible for directing the company's long
distance, wireless and local communications services, as well as its Direct
TV, credit card and internet businesses. At AT&T Alex had also served
as Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive. In that capacity, he directed
AT&T's overall financial strategy, policy and operations, oversaw
AT&T Capital Corp., as well as AT&T's corporate purchasing, real
estate and information systems functions.
Between 1987 and 1991, Alex was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of Sea-Land Services, Inc., the world's leading global provider of ocean
transport and distribution services. Under his leadership, Sea-Land experienced
in less than three years a major turnaround, moving from sizable losses
to strong levels of profitability while nearly doubling the revenues.
Alex began his business career in 1969, when he joined Boise Cascade
Corp. as a merger and acquisition analyst. He held various financial posts
with increasing responsibilities during the next eleven years. In 1980,
he joined Seaboard Coast Line Industries, a diversified transportation
company, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. After Seaboard
merged with Chessie Systems to become CSX Corp., Alex was named Senior
Vice President in charge of Corporate Development and Human Resources,
and Chief Information Officer. In addition, he had operating responsibility
for three transportation and information technology subsidiaries.
Alex currently serves on the boards of Dell Computer Corporation, Pfizer,
the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California
at Berkeley and Willamette University. He is on the Council on Competitiveness,
and a board member of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
Research. As he intends to relocate to Europe and focus fully on Gemplus
Alex has resigned from the board of In-Q-Tel and is reviewing his other
GEMPLUS: the world's leading provider of smart card solutions.
Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized
solutions that bring security and convenience to people's lives. These
include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce
and a wealth of other applications.
Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart
Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and
an outstanding track record of technological innovation.
In 2001, Gemplus was the world number one in chip card shipments according
to Gartner-Dataquest. Based on Eurosmart estimates, Gemplus shipped 34%
of the worldwide market.
Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the
NASDAQ Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2001 was
1.0 billion Euros.
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