Board to drive the association’s vision to
create collaborative and open ecosystems in which stakeholders can
effectively deliver simplicity and security for digital services and
6 December 2017 – GlobalPlatform, the standard for
secure digital services and devices, has announced its new Board of
Directors for fiscal year 2018. With five board seats open in the
closely contested election, the following individuals have been
appointed to serve a two-year term:
- Rob Coombs – Security Marketing Director, Systems & Software –
- Stéphanie El Rhomri – Vice-President, Technology – FIME (re-
- Rémi de Fouchier – Vice-President, Marketing – Gemalto (re-
- Sebastian Hans – Principal Member of Technical Staff – Oracle (re-
- Olivier Van Nieuwenhuyze – Senior R&D Architect – ST
Marc Kekicheff, Vice President of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc., has
retained his position as GlobalPlatform Chairman for the eighth
consecutive year, while Nils Gerhardt, Group Vice President with global
product responsibility for financial institutions at Giesecke &
Devrient, will continue in his role as Vice Chairman for the third
consecutive year. Both Marc and Nils have now completed the first year
of their current two-year terms on the Board. Stephanie El Rhomri, who
joined the GlobalPlatform Board in 2015, has been appointed to serve as
Secretary and Treasurer.
Marc comments: “In the past decade, many industries have
capitalized on the digitalization of services. As more consumers, in
more markets, use a growing number of digital services, the number and
type of devices that can access these services is increasing
exponentially. GlobalPlatform brings service providers and device
manufacturers together to address the very real security challenges that
this dynamic landscape creates. GlobalPlatform Specifications ensure
that all devices can implement a market-defined level of security to
protect against threats and attacks, and so enable the delivery of
secure digital services to end users. Collaboration is at the heart of
this effort and the diversity and experience of the Board will ensure the
continued advancement and adoption of GlobalPlatform
Kevin Gillick, Executive Director, GlobalPlatform, adds: “As a
not-for-profit association, GlobalPlatform relies on the Board’s
wealth of knowledge and expertise to steer the organization, ensuring
the various functional and security requirements of rapidly evolving
markets are met.
“For example in 2018, with the consumer and industrial IoT
ecosystems poised for rapid growth, we will continue to highlight the
need for standards to ensure security for IoT devices, regardless of the
use case, to prevent them becoming a platform for attacks.
GlobalPlatform secure components have a key role to play in securing
digital services and devices and, to further advance this mission, our
Board and sector-specific task forces welcome contributions from around
Learn more about GlobalPlatform’s Board of Directors by
visiting the GlobalPlatform website.
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Notes to editors:
The GlobalPlatform Board of Directors, in its entirety, consists of the
following GlobalPlatform Members:
- Marc Kekicheff – Senior Director of Chip Innovation – Visa
Inc. GlobalPlatform Chairman.
- Nils Gerhardt – Group Vice President with a global product
responsibility for financial institutions – Giesecke & Devrient.
GlobalPlatform Vice Chair.
- Stéphanie El Rhomri – Vice-President, Technology – FIME.
GlobalPlatform Secretary / Treasurer.
- Olivier Van Nieuwenhuyze – Senior R&D Architect –
- Christophe Colas – SVP Products – Trustonic.
- Rob Coombs – Security Marketing Director, Systems &
Software – ARM.
- Rémi de Fouchier – Vice-President, Marketing – Gemalto.
- Sebastian Hans – Principal Member of Technical Staff – Oracle.
- Mark Lipford – Director Global Standards & Ecosystem
Development – Sprint.
- Eikazu Niwano – Producer in the R&D Planning Department –
- Jeremy O’Donoghue – Principal Engineer / Manager – Qualcomm
GlobalPlatform is a non-profit industry association driven by over 100
member companies. Members share a common goal to develop
GlobalPlatform’s specifications, which are today highly regarded
as the international standard for enabling digital services and devices
to be trusted and securely managed throughout their lifecycle.
GlobalPlatform protects digital services by standardizing and
certifying a security hardware/firmware combination, known as a secure
component, which acts as an on-device trust anchor. This facilitates
collaboration between service providers and device manufacturers,
empowering them to ensure the right level of security within all devices
to protect against threats.
GlobalPlatform specifications also standardize the secure management
of digital services and devices once deployed in the field. Altogether,
GlobalPlatform enables convenient and secure digital service delivery to
end users, while supporting privacy, regardless of market sector or
device type. Devices secured by GlobalPlatform include connected cars,
set top boxes, smart cards, smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other
Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.
The technology’s widespread global adoption delivers cost and
time-to-market efficiencies to all. Market sectors adopting
GlobalPlatform technology include automotive, healthcare, government and
enterprise ID, payments, premium content, smart cities, smart home,
telecoms, transportation, and utilities.
GlobalPlatform’s legacy of successful technical specification
development is thanks to two decades of energetic and effective industry
collaboration. Members influence the organization’s output
through participation in technical committees, working groups and
strategic task forces. GlobalPlatform technology is developed in
collaboration with numerous standards bodies and regional organizations
across the world, to ensure continual relevance and timeliness. For more
information visit www.globalplatform.org.