Board of Directors

GlobalPlatform is governed by a Board of Directors that develops and oversees the execution of the association's strategy while ensuring alignment with its mission and vision. The Board consists of eleven directors who represent the interests of all GlobalPlatform member companies.

Nils Gerhardt

GlobalPlatform Chairman

G+D Mobile Security

Mr. Gerhardt is GlobalPlatform’s Chairman and also serves as Co-Chair of the IoT Task Force. Mr. Gerhardt joined Giesecke & Devrient MS (G+D MS) in 2004, and as Group VP and head of product and project management, production IT and professional services for the region AMERICAS, has global product responsibility for financial institutions. Within this role he oversees product and project management, including product marketing and certification.

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

Rob Coombs

GlobalPlatform Vice Chair


Mr. Coombs has worked at Arm for 18 years and is currently Director, Architecture Technology Group working in the security ecosystem team.  He has previously led the mobile and segment marketing functions at Arm and was part of the original management team of the open source engineering organization called Linaro.  His current focus is IoT and helping the electronics industry improve the security of connected devices through a framework called PSA Certified.

Mr. Coombs is GlobalPlatform’s Vice Chair and has been a Board member since 2014.

Stéphanie El Rhomri

GlobalPlatform Secretary / Treasurer


Ms. El Rhomri is Chair of the TEE Compliance Group, and has served on the GlobalPlatform Board since 2015. In 2017 she was appointed to GlobalPlatform Secretary.

As Vice President, Services at FIME, Ms. El Rhomri is responsible for developing new services, understanding international technology trends and ensuring alignment of FIME’s NFC and payments offering.

Christophe Colas


Mr. Colas is currently SVP, Licensing & Corporate Projects 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 been involved with GlobalPlatform since its inception, and was elected to serve as the association’s Device (now TEE) Committee Chair in 2009. He has also served as a GlobalPlatform Board Director since 2015.

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 Co-Chair of the IoT Task Force.

Marc Kekicheff

Visa Inc.

Mr. Kekicheff currently serves as Vice President of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. and is responsible for its smart card technology compliance globally, covering 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 as Vice President of the organization. He then served as Chairman from 2010 until 2018. 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.

Mark Lipford

T-Mobile USA

Mr. Lipford serves as the Director Global Standards and Ecosystem Development within T-Mobile USA, and has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and wireless industries. Mr. Lipford is responsible for working with T-Mobile USA’s Technology Development, Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Network Development teams to define strategy and direction. Additionally, he is responsible for representing T-Mobile USA’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 NTT Research Professor, Secure Platform Laboratories at NTT Corporation.

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 Director, Engineering at Qualcomm, working within the Secure Systems Group. He is responsible for architecture and development of software focused 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.

Olivier Van Nieuwenhuyze


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.

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