Board of Directors
The GlobalPlatform Board is led by three Board Officers, elected
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
Kekicheff – GlobalPlatform Chairman
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
Nils Gerhardt - GlobalPlatform Vice Chairman
Giesecke & Devrient
Mr. Gerhardt joined Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in 2004 and currently
Group Vice President with a global product responsibility for financial
role, Mr. Gerhardt oversees product and project management, including
marketing and certification. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gerhardt held
the position of
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
terminal manufacturer as head of technical support. She is the Vice
Technology at FIME and is responsible for developing new services,
international technology trends and ensuring alignment of FIME's near
Ms. El Rhomri actively contributes to GlobalPlatform and is Chair of the
Trusted Execution Environment Compliance Program Working Group, within
Committee, and also Chair of the Transportation Sub-Task Force, within
the Mobile Task
Ms. El Rhomri joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2015 and
also serves as
Chair of the Device Compliance Working Group.
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-
Marketing for the company’s business Segments. In this role, he leads the
deployment of key global marketing initiatives and campaigns, supporting
growth and strategy execution across a wide range of products, solutions
This applies to an expanding range of ecosystem members such as mobile
operators, banking and payment players, government, consumer and
Gemalto’s broad range of offers incorporates embedded software and
consumer devices, machine-to-machine, automotive, automated border
control, as well
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
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.
Mr. Lipford serves as the Director Global Standards and Ecosystem
within Sprint, and has over 25-years of experience in the
industries. Mr. Lipford is responsible for working with Sprint’s
Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Network Development teams to
Sprint’s strategy and direction. Additionally, he is responsible for
strategies and requirements into industry organizations and in building
relationships to help drive technology ecosystems supporting these
Lipford currently serves on the Board of the Small Cell Forum, the GSMA
group, the GSMA PSMC committee, and as Vice Chair of TIA TR45. He has
held positions as Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Technical Plenary Vice
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
Development, Technology Planning, Network Engineering, and Network
Mr. Lipford joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2016.
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
NTT group companies.
Since joining NTT, Mr. Niwano has undertaken research on distributed
architecture including smart cards at NTT laboratories. He was also 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-
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.
Mr. O'Donoghue currently serves as a Principal Engineer / Manager at
working within the Secure Systems Group. He is responsible for
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
development, and has worked extensively on telephony aspects of both
Windows-based mobile systems. Mr. O'Donoghue was also an early
developing the GSMA NFC Handset Requirements and Testbook.
Mr. O'Donoghue joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2016.
Mr. Hans currently serves as Principal Member of Technical Staff at
previously Sun Microsystems Inc., where he is responsible for all smart
activities with a strong focus on SIM and UICC technology. While at Sun
Inc, Mr. Hans has also headed up business development within the
market and has driven advanced pilot projects for the deployment of Java
Card in the
banking, insurance and mobile communication markets. Mr. Hans represents
Microsystems Inc. in ETSI SCP, 3GPP, OMA and is the Vice Chair of ETSI
Mr. Hans serves as GlobalPlatform Board Director and Chair of the
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
Mr. Colas is currently SVP Products at Trustonic. In this role, he is
managing the overall portfolio of Trustonic products focused particularly
protection. Mr. Colas has participated in the development of several
architectures including Visa Open Platform Terminal Framework which has
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.