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Board of Directors

The GlobalPlatform Board is led by three Board Officers, elected annually: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. The Board consists of up to eleven directors, elected from Full Member organizations to serve two-year terms, who represent the interests of all GlobalPlatform member organizations. The Board oversees the strategy and management of GlobalPlatform, controls the budget and provides final approval of specification changes.

Marc Kekicheff – GlobalPlatform Chairman
Visa Inc.

Mr. Kekicheff currently serves as Vice President of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. and is responsible for Visa Inc.'s smart card technology compliance globally, covering contact and contactless cards and terminals as well as mobile handsets. A highly regarded smart card expert worldwide, Mr. Kekicheff has authored several patents, is well acquainted with IT security and frequently addresses the industry through high profile speaking engagements. Throughout his career he has been a driving force in the development of global smart card technology, worldwide standards and compliance programs. He currently sits on the EMVCo Board of Managers and chairs the EMV Next Generation Task Force for the same organization.

Mr. Kekicheff has been an active member of GlobalPlatform since its inception in 1999 and was a co-architect of the original GlobalPlatform Specifications. Since that time, he has held a number of posts: he was GlobalPlatform's Technical Director between 1999 and 2005, when he stepped down from this role and was elected to the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the organization. He was then appointed Chairman in 2010. Mr. Kekicheff has made a significant contribution to GlobalPlatform over the years and has been responsible for the following initiatives, among many others: launching and chairing the Mobile Task Force from 2007 until 2012, shaping consortium strategy, initiating industry outreach efforts, obtaining ISO recognition for GlobalPlatform by acting as a technical expert liaison for smart card standardization and providing technical support for implementers of GlobalPlatform technology.

Nils Gerhardt - GlobalPlatform Vice Chairman
Giesecke & Devrient

Mr. Gerhardt joined Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in 2004 and currently serves as Group Vice President with a global product responsibility for financial institutions. Within this role, Mr. Gerhardt oversees product and project management, including product marketing and certification. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gerhardt held the position of Vice President for Product and Project Management at Giesecke & Devrient Canada across the government, financial, telecommunication and transit sectors.

Mr. Gerhardt joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2015 and also serves as Chair of the Consumer IoT Task Force.

Stéphanie El Rhomri - GlobalPlatform Secretary / Treasurer

Ms. El Rhomri joined FIME in 2007 after more than 10 years working for an embedded terminal manufacturer as head of technical support. She is the Vice President, Technology at FIME and is responsible for developing new services, understanding international technology trends and ensuring alignment of FIME's near field communication and payments offering.

Ms. El Rhomri actively contributes to GlobalPlatform and is Chair of the association's Trusted Execution Environment Compliance Program Working Group, within the Device Committee, and also Chair of the Transportation Sub-Task Force, within the Mobile Task Force.

Ms. El Rhomri joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2015 and also serves as Chair of the Device Compliance Working Group.

Rob Coombs

Mr. Coombs currently serves as Security Marketing Director, Systems & Software within ARM. Within his current role he is responsible for ARM TrustZone technology, ARM Trusted Firmware and the TEE ecosystem.

Mr. Coombs has over 20 years of experience in marketing, business development and engineering, which has been gained through positions in leading semiconductor and intellectual property companies. He has global experience of working within the mobile and wireless industries at a senior level and has extensive international experience of running global teams in the chip and mobile business community. Previous roles at ARM include being part of the founding exec team at Linaro, a strategic open source organization.

Mr. Coombs joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2014.

Rémi de Fouchier

Mr. de Fouchier joined Gemalto in 2004 and currently serves as Vice- President, Marketing for the company’s business Segments. In this role, he leads the development and deployment of key global marketing initiatives and campaigns, supporting business growth and strategy execution across a wide range of products, solutions and services.

This applies to an expanding range of ecosystem members such as mobile network operators, banking and payment players, government, consumer and industrial OEMs. Gemalto’s broad range of offers incorporates embedded software and products for consumer devices, machine-to-machine, automotive, automated border control, as well as platforms and services such as mobile payment, ID enrolment and verification or on- demand subscription management.

Prior to this role Mr. de Fouchier was in charge of the Mobile Payment Business Unit, where he led the development of the company's mobile contactless initiatives. He has also worked as Gemalto Chief Procurement Officer.

Mr. de Fouchier joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2010.

Mark Lipford

Mr. Lipford serves as the Director Global Standards and Ecosystem Development within Sprint, and has over 25-years of experience in the telecommunications and wireless industries. Mr. Lipford is responsible for working with Sprint’s Technology Development, Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Network Development teams to define Sprint’s strategy and direction. Additionally, he is responsible for representing Sprint’s strategies and requirements into industry organizations and in building strategic relationships to help drive technology ecosystems supporting these initiatives. Mr. Lipford currently serves on the Board of the Small Cell Forum, the GSMA North American CTO group, the GSMA PSMC committee, and as Vice Chair of TIA TR45. He has previously held positions as Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Technical Plenary Vice Chair, OMA Broadcast working group Vice Chair, and as a member of the OMA Board. He has also served on the WiMAX Board and held leadership positions in 3GPP2.

Prior to his work in global standards, Mr. Lipford held positions in Product Development, Technology Planning, Network Engineering, and Network operations for both Sprint and BellSouth.

Mr. Lipford joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2016.

Eikazu Niwano
NTT Corporation

Mr. Niwano currently serves as a Producer in the R&D Planning Department of NTT Corporation. He is responsible for managing e-government and smart card projects across NTT group companies.

Since joining NTT, Mr. Niwano has undertaken research on distributed system architecture including smart cards at NTT laboratories. He was also the general manager of the Europe Office of the Information Sharing Laboratory Group, where he was involved in a number of European / international standardization activities.

He is additionally a NICSS (Next Generation IC Card System Study group) Fellow, sits on the Board of Directors and is the former Chair of the GlobalPlatform- NICSS Collaboration Expert Group, and serves as Chair of the SCP10 Task Force.

Mr. Niwano has served on the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors since 2005 and is the current Chair of the GlobalPlatform Japan Task Force.

Jeremy O'Donoghue

Mr. O'Donoghue currently serves as a Principal Engineer / Manager at Qualcomm, working within the Secure Systems Group. He is responsible for architecture and development of software focussed around secure platforms and NFC. In previous roles at Qualcomm, he was the lead security architect and software lead for an NFC CLF development, and has worked extensively on telephony aspects of both Android and Windows-based mobile systems. Mr. O'Donoghue was also an early participant in developing the GSMA NFC Handset Requirements and Testbook.

Mr. O'Donoghue joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2016.

Sebastian Hans

Mr. Hans currently serves as Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, previously Sun Microsystems Inc., where he is responsible for all smart card standardization activities with a strong focus on SIM and UICC technology. While at Sun Microsystems Inc, Mr. Hans has also headed up business development within the telecommunications market and has driven advanced pilot projects for the deployment of Java Card in the banking, insurance and mobile communication markets. Mr. Hans represents Sun Microsystems Inc. in ETSI SCP, 3GPP, OMA and is the Vice Chair of ETSI SCP TEC.

Mr. Hans serves as GlobalPlatform Board Director and Chair of the Industrial Internet- of-Things Task Force.

Olivier Van Nieuwenhuyze - Senior R&D Architect

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze currently serves as Senior R&D Engineer at STMicroelectronics. Within this role he has software architecture responsibilities for the NFC ecosystem and secure elements.

He joined STMicroelectronics in 2003 and since 1999 Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze has been active in several smart card projects for banking, transport and near field communication.

Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyze joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2017.

Christophe Colas

Mr. Colas is currently SVP Products at Trustonic. In this role, he is responsible for managing the overall portfolio of Trustonic products focused particularly around application protection. Mr. Colas has participated in the development of several software architectures including Visa Open Platform Terminal Framework which has since transferred to GlobalPlatform.

Mr. Colas has served as a GlobalPlatform Board Director since 2015 and is also Chair of the GlobalPlatform Device Committee.

At the discretion of the Board Directors, Strategic Directors may be appointed from time to time from individual member organizations, to provide the Board with additional advice or expertise on a particular strategic issue or market. Strategic Directors hold no voting rights.