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GlobalPlatform Announces New Board of Directors and Board Officers For FY 2007

28 November, 2006 - GlobalPlatform, the international smart card standards body, has named its new Board of Directors for FY 2007, following annual elections for six of the eleven Board seats. The organization has also confirmed the GlobalPlatform Board Officers for the same period.

Bob Beer from Datacard Group retains his position as Chairman of the organization for the third consecutive year. He will be supported by Marc Kekicheff from Visa International who retains the role of GlobalPlatform's Vice Chair for a second term. Didier Begay from France Telecom becomes the newest Board Officer, assuming the role of GlobalPlatform Treasurer.

The six Board seats, which were open for re-election by GlobalPlatform's Full Members, have been filled by the following individuals, each of whom will serve a two year term:

  • ActivIdentity - Robert Brandewie
  • France Telecom - Didier Begay
  • Giesecke & Devrient - Andreas Strobel
  • JCB Co. Ltd - Toshiaki Kuzuki
  • NTT Corporation - Eikazu Niwano
  • Visa International - Marc Kekicheff

Additionally, Carmen Carnero-Silvo from SERMEPA has been re-elected to the Board of Directors to fill the remaining Board seat recently vacated by Hitachi due to the retirement of a key executive. She will serve a one-year term.

Bob Beer, GlobalPlatform Chair, comments: "In my role as GlobalPlatform Chair over the past years I have had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in the smart card industry and I believe that working with my Board peers this year will further enhance that experience.

"I would like to offer a warm welcome to all new and returning GlobalPlatform Board members and thank them for their continuing interest and participation in our organization. This year we have truly made giant strides towards industry standardization on all levels - card, device and systems. I anticipate that 2007 will be equally rewarding as we continue to drive forward the adoption of GlobalPlatform's Specifications by showcasing the real value of standardization to a global audience."


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The GlobalPlatform Board of Directors, in its entirety, consists of the following GlobalPlatform Members:

  • ActivIdentity - Robert Brandewie
  • Datacard Group - Bob Beer
  • France Telecom - Didier Begay
  • Gemalto - Marc Birkner
  • Giesecke & Devrient - Andreas Strobel
  • JCB Co. Ltd - Toshiaki Kuzuki
  • MasterCard Worldwide - Richard Fletcher
  • NTT Corporation - Eikazu Niwano
  • SERMEPA - Carmen Carnero-Silvo
  • STMicroelectronics - Yves Moulart
  • Visa International - Marc Kekicheff

GlobalPlatform also has the following Strategic Directors:

  • Gemalto - Michel Leger
  • IBM - David Asay
  • Toshiba Corporation - Shoji Taniguchi

About GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform is the global leader in smart card infrastructure development and its proven, technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure. GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. For more information about GlobalPlatform, visit:

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