Gemplus appoints Philippe David VP, business development, financial services

Source: Gemplus International

Gemplus International S.A., the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, appoints Philippe David to the newly created position of Vice President Business Development in the Financial Services Business Unit to better address forthcoming challenges.

Philippe is in charge of Product Marketing, Marketing Communications, Product Development, Conventional Cards, Sales Operations, Services and Solutions within the Financial Services Business Unit. His role is to ensure that all of Gemplus' products, services, tools, resources, skills and messages are aligned with the company's key goals. He reports directly to Philippe Combes, Executive Vice President, Operations and Financial Services.

Philippe brings 20 years of experience in sales and marketing related functions to Gemplus. After 12 years in a range of sales-related functions with IBM, he joined Bull Group to head up business development in the French insurance sector. He then moved to the smart card division of Bull CP8 in 1999 as Director of the Banking and Loyalty Business Unit. In early 2001, he was named worldwide marketing manager of Axalto's banking and loyalty smart cards. Prior to joining Gemplus, Philippe was responsible for Axalto's e-Transactions business in Asia.

Trained as an engineer, Philippe holds a specialized Master's Degree in IT studies from the University of Paris VI.

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