One of Gemalto’s core values is diversity, valued for the benefits it brings to our company and our employees. We believe, in particular, that gender diversity is key for our business today and in the future and allows for a positive reflection of our customers, end users, employees, investors and all our stakeholders.
In order to provide a forum of exchange of best practices, learning opportunities and privileged external contacts for selected women managers in our company, we have formed a group called “Gemalto Connected Women”. This is an internal professional women’s network, volunteer- based and composed of women across our businesses and regions. Some of the actions undertaken by the group are to build awareness through internal and external outreach, organize and participate in International Women’s Day events in our sites worldwide, attend conferences that build on themes of interest to women and men’s careers. Learning modules on Leadership, Communication and Gender Balance have also been explored by the network.
Gemalto Director Scoops Woman of Industry Trophy
Caroline Vignollet, R&D Software Director, based in La Ciotat, has been awarded the French Women of Industry trophy in the R&D and digital category by French tech magazine, L’Usine Nouvelle.
©Gemalto 2014 – Romain Boutillier
Field Marketing Manager Australia/New Zealand, Financial Services
Reena is from Bangalore in India and has been working at Gemalto since 2000. “As a child, everything seemed possible – my ambitions kept changing with the movies I watched or the books I read or the heroes who inspired me,” she explains.
Reena graduated in electronics engineering and started her career at Gemalto India as a software engineer. After a spell in Malaysia as Field Marketing Manager for several countries in Asia, she moved to Australia in January 2012 as Field Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “Sometime during all this, I also completed my master’s degree in science in business leadership,” she smiles.
“Every day is unique. My job is to build and execute our business strategy for Australia and New Zealand together with the Country Manager. This involves supporting the sales team, liaising with the corporate product and other teams, and measuring and adapting our marketing mix into the business strategy and the wider regional objectives,” she explains.
“We have a new and energetic team here and working with them, understanding them and bringing together our ideas while setting aside our differences to help establish Gemalto as the market leader is incredibly satisfying.”
Russian by birth, Maria moved to France a few years ago and joined MCTel, a Gemalto company, where she develops new messaging solutions for telecoms. “We just completed a project to develop the WAP *gateway as part of an MMS center and we’re currently working on a new project involving an SMS center based on the SIP protocol,” she explains.
“What I love most about my job is the team-work. I really like interacting with people to create new things together. I also enjoy the opportunities available to learn new skills and use new technology – I find that aspect of my work fascinating,” Maria says. “But each engineer also spends a week every two months providing nighttime technical support which is quite a challenge, particularly if you are outside your field of expertise,” she explains. As a non-native speaker, Maria found the French language quite a barrier when she first arrived in Monaco: “My English is good but I only started learning French in 2008 and even if people can speak English here, they won’t! In the start, that was quite a struggle but things are much easier now,” she smiles.
* WAP = Wireless Application Protocol