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.​
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.
Olivier Piou,  Non-executive member, non-independent​​.
Jill Smith,  Non-executive member, independent​​.​​
Yen Yen Tan, Non-executive member, independent.

Alex Mandl  

Alex Mandl (1943) American

Non-executive member, independent
Chairman of the Board ; Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Initial appointment: 2007 
Current term:
2017-2019 (fourth term)
Other current appointments:
member of the Board of Directors of Genpact Limited and Lead Director of R1 RCM Inc.(formerly named 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 Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc. (2013-2017), Levant Power Corporation (2014-2017), 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 has been a principal in ASM Investments, focusing on the technology sector, since 2001. He has also been 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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Philippe Vallée  

Philippe Vallée (1964) French

Executive member
Chief Executive 

Initial appointment: 2016
Current term: as of September 1, 2016 - 2020
Other current appointments: None.

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 operati​​onal responsibility for all the Company’s businesses.

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Homaira Akbari  

Homaira Akbari (1961) French and American

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

Initial appointment: 2013
Current term: 2017-2021 (second term)
Other current appointments: Non-executive Director  of Veolia Environnement (Euronext Paris: VIE), non-executive Director of Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), non-executive Director of Banco Santander, S.A. (Euronext Paris: SANT; NYSE: SAN).

Experience: Homaira Akbari has extensive experience and deep domain knowledge in Internet of 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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Buford Alexander  

Buford Alexander (1949) American

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

Initial appointment: 2009
Current term: 2017-2019 (third term)
Other current appointments: Chairman of the supervisory Board of the Amsterdam Institute of Finance; President Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands; and Council of Global Advisors Yale School of Management.

Experience: Buford Alexander is a Senior Partner 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 spent much of his last years at McKinsey designing and leading the transformation of global European multinationals. Since his retirement from McKinsey, Buford has served on corporate Boards in the sofware, travel and banking industries. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds the Royal Distinction of Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Amsterdam has been his European base since 1983​.

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Philippe Alfroid  

Philippe Alfroid (1945) French

Non-executive, independent
Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the ​M&A Committee

Initial appointment: 2010
Current term: 2018-2020 (third term)
Other current appointments: Board member ​of Wabtec Corporation Inc.; 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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Joop Drechsel (1955) Dutch

Non-executive, independent
Chairman of the Audit and member of the Compensation committee

Initial appointment: 2015
Current term: 2015-2019 (first term)
Other current appointments: Chief Executive Officer of Walvis Group, Chairman of the supervisory Board of Royal Wagenborg, Chairman of the supervisory Board Smit en Zoon, Chairman of the supervisory Board of Payvision/Acapture.

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 the CEO of BCD Group for 15 years and before that 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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Johannes Fritz  

Johannes Fritz (1954) German

Non-executive, independent
Chairman of the M&A committee; member of the ​Nomination and Governance committee

Initial appointment: 2006
Current term: 2018-2020 (fif​th 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; Board member of Drees & Sommer AG; and Board member of Lonrho Holdings Limited) and member of the supervisory board of Mann + Hummel Verwaltungs GmbH.

Experience: Mr. Fritz was a Board member of BHF Kleinwort Benson Group (2015-2016), Board member of Avista AG (2013-2015) and 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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Olivier Piou  

Olivier Piou (1958) French

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

Initial appointment: 2004
Current term: 2016-2020 (first term as non-executive).​
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 from 2006 to August 31, 2016. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2006. 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, with global responsibilities, based 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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Jill Smith  

Jill Smith (1958) American and British

Non-executive, independent
Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees​

Initial appointment: 2017
Current term: 2017-2021 (first term)
Other current appointments: President and CEO of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM);  and non-executive Director at JM Huber Corporation (private).​

Experience: Jill Smith brings more than 25 years of experience as an international business leader, including 17 years as CEO of private and public companies in the technology and information services markets.

Previously, Jill Smith served as Chairman, CEO and President of DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a global provider of satellite imagery products and services. She started her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, where she rose to become Partner. She subsequently joined Sara Lee as Vice President, and went on to serve as President and CEO of eDial, a VoIP collaboration company, and of SRDS, a business-to-business publishing firm. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Micron Electronics, and co-founded Treacy & Company, a consulting and boutique investment business. She was a Non-Executive Director of SoundBite Communications (NASDAQ: SDBT) (2012-2013) prior to its acquisition in 2013, of Elster Group (NYSE: ELT) (2011-2012) prior to its acquisition in 2012, of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) (2013-2017), and of Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) (2012-2018).

Jill Smith earned her MSc from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Yen Yen Tan  

Yen Yen Tan (1965) Singaporean

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

Initial appointment: 2012
Current term: 2016-2020 (second term)​
Other current appointments: President, Asia Pacific Vodafone Global Enterprise; Director, Singapore Press Holdings; Director, ams AG, Chairperson, Singapore Science Center; 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 Regional VP/Managing Director, Asia Pacific (South), SAS Institute;​ 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). Director, Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency;​​ ​​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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