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GlobalPlatform, the cross-industry multiple application smart card association, has named its new Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer following the recent Board Officer elections which took place at the organisation’s Board meeting in early November.

Jerry Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Datacard Group and existing Board Member of GlobalPlatform has been named as the new Chair of GlobalPlatform while Jim Lee, Senior Vice President Emerging Technologies at Visa International retains his position as Vice Chair for a second term. Gilles Michel, President, Financial and Security Services at Gemplus takes on the role of Secretary / Treasurer. All three Officers have been elected to serve a one-year term.

In October 2002, the new GlobalPlatform Board for 2003 was named. In total, eleven nominations were received for the six Board seats being re-elected, showing a healthy interest in the future strategic direction of GlobalPlatform. Three of the six seats went to incumbents: Toshiaki Kuzuki of JCB, Shoichi Senda of NTT and Jim Lee of Visa International. GlobalPlatform also welcomed three new members to its Board; Christian Jûttner of Giesecke & Devrient, Carmen Carnero-Silvo of SERMEPA S.A. and Verina Horsnell of Sun Microsystems.

Jerry Johnson, Chair of GlobalPlatform, comments: “ Being named as Chair of GlobalPlatform at such an exciting time in its growth is an opportunity that I positively welcome. My predecessor, Steve Brown, did an excellent job of making GlobalPlatform a leading industry body, recognised for driving the development of a common infrastructure for smart card growth. With a strong, established technical base now in place, I intend to leverage this base through an increased marketing focus on the leadership efforts of the organisation to help increase the adoption of GlobalPlatform specifications across different sectors and diverse geographies.

“We have an excellent Board in place to steer the organisation through 2003, in addition to the dedicated and enthusiastic Committee Chairs, who are leaders in their fields and are responsible for driving the technical work of the organisation. With membership at an all time high and further adoption of GlobalPlatform Specifications on the rise, GlobalPlatform is currently stronger than ever and continually growing in its world-wide influence. I look forward to assuming my responsibilities as Chair with immediate effect.”

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Full List of GlobalPlatform Board Members:

· Jerry Johnson, President / CEO, Datacard Group – Chair
· Jim Lee, Senior Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Visa International – Vice Chair
· Gilles Michel, President, Gemplus – Secretary / Treasurer
· Christian Juttner, Giesecke & Devrient
· Toshiaki Kuzuki, JCB
· Richard Fletcher, MasterCard International
· Shoichi Senda, NTT Corporation
· Yves Moulart, Proton World
· Edward Lomax, Scotiabank
· Carmen Carnero, SERMEPA S.A.
· Verina Horsnell, Sun Microsystems

Jerry Johnson, President / CEO, Datacard Group:

Jerry Johnson joined Datacard Group as President and CEO in June 1999. Since then, Datacard has expanded its role from providing card personalisation tools to the multi-application smart card software that businesses and consumers rely on within the rapidly developing world of e-commerce. In March 2000, Mr Johnson oversaw Datacard Group’s successful acquisition of Platform Seven, a leading independent provider of smart card and e-commerce security products, solutions and services. From 1986-1999 Mr Johnson held a variety of leadership positions within the Onan Division of Cummins Engine Company including Vice President and General Manager. During Mr Johnson’s tenure, Onan experienced a significant business turnaround. The company grew from 40 million dollars to 650 million dollars (17% CAGR), Return on Assets increased from 11% to 70% and EBIT increased from 1% to over 14%. Prior to joining Cummins Engine, Mr Johnson held positions at Asea Brown Boveri and Universal Electric. In 1978 Mr Johnson graduated cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering. In 1989 he received a Bush Leadership Fellowship Award to pursue an exclusive and intense program of study at Stanford University where he earned his MBA award. Mr Johnson is active in his community, serving as a United Way Key Account Executive and as a Board Member for Junior Achievement. The married father of four, Mr Johnson, resides in Plymouth, MN. He is an avid golfer and ice hockey enthusiast.

Jim Lee, Senior Vice President Emerging Technologies, Visa International:
James W. Lee is senior vice president for the emerging technologies division within Visa International’s Global Product Platforms group. Having joined Visa in 1994, Mr. Lee is responsible for the development of technology strategy for Visa product platforms. This includes participation in and contribution to global standards bodies that impact the interoperability of Visa payment products and services; development of Visa technical specifications for products based on such standards; development of proofs-on concepts; establishment of Visa product approval standards; and management of early implementations of new technology-based products and services.
Prior to this role, Mr. Lee was responsible for the development of Visa chip card product specifications and directed the development and implementation of Visa chip card technology and programs. He also managed and supported vendor and Visa regions in their implementation of Visa chip programs and systems.
Mr. Lee joined Visa from IBM where he had extensive executive experience with local and regional business units in IT consulting, professional services, product marketing and sales support. He also managed education programs and had specific responsibility for customer executive education, internal professional training, internal technical and marketing training for IBM’s South East Asia Region in Hong Kong.
Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley.
Gilles Michel, President, Financial and Security Services Business Unit, Gemplus International S.A.
Dr, Michel served as President Financial and Security Services Business Unit at Gemplus since November 2000. From February 2000 to November 2000, Dr Michel was Gemplus’ Senior Vice President Strategy, Merger and Acquisition. Prior to joining Gemplus, Dr Michel served as Vice President, Regional Business Segment (North and South America) at Schlumberger from September 1999 to January 2000. Prior to September 1999, Dr Michel held various senior management positions at Schlumberger, including Vice President Marketing and Vice President Engineering and Manufacturing. DR Michel holds a degree in Pysics from Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie, Paris, France and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Paris VI.

About GlobalPlatform:
GlobalPlatform is the only cross-industry forum focused on the development, management and promotion of specifications for multiple application smart cards, smart card applications, and enabling devices. With support from its global member organizations, GlobalPlatform promotes a standard framework facilitating the implementation of smart card programs in any industry around the world. GlobalPlatform allows flexibility in the choice of technologies and vendors through an emphasis on open standards for cards, terminals and support infrastructure. GlobalPlatform’s card and terminal specifications are the first open standards adopted by GlobalPlatform and will provide a solid foundation from which the organization will define the future of multiple application smart cards.

GlobalPlatform totals fifty-six members from across Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and Korea, including issuers, manufacturers, and vendors of multiple application smart cards, such as American Express, Datacard, MasterCard International, Oberthur, Proton World, Schlumberger, Sun Microsystems, Thales and Visa International, as well as several government bodies.

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