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 Senior Director 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
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.
Stéphanie El Rhomri
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
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
Ms. El Rhomri joined the GlobalPlatform Board of Directors in 2015 and also serves as
Chair of the Device Compliance Working Group.
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
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
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.
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
role, Mr. Gerhardt oversees product and project management, including product
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.
Mr. Lipford serves as the Director Global Standards and Ecosystem Development
within Sprint, and has over 25-years of experience in the telecommunications and
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
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
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
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 projects
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
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.
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.
Mr. Hans currently serves as Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle,
previously Sun Microsystems Inc., where he is responsible for all smart card
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 - Chair of the Security Task Force
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.
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
protection. Mr. Colas has participated in the development of several software
architectures including Visa Open Platform Terminal Framework which has since
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. GlobalPlatform currently has three Strategic
Philip Hoyer - Strategic Director and Chair of the
Identity Task Force
Mr. Hoyer is a subject matter expert on security, identity, national
ID, NFC, payment and access control that speaks at major conferences
and has been involved in identity and standardization bodies such as
GlobalPlatform, OASIS, OATH and IETF for over 15 years.
He is Director of Strategic Innovation at HID Global. His main
responsibilities are driving strategic innovation projects,
specifically in mobility security solutions, and the management and
creation of strategic alliances and business unit strategy.
Mr. Hoyer has over 20 years’ experience architecting, building and
delivering IT solutions, much of which was gained working as a
solutions architect for a large consultancy.
Mr. Hoyer is Chair of the GlobalPlatform Identity Task Force and
chair of the Architecture Sub Working Group in the System Committee,
work for which he received the 2010 GlobalPlatform Star Award in
Innovative Thinking Category.