GlobalPlatform names 2014 board

Source: GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, has announced its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2014*, following annual elections for six of the eleven Board seats.

Individual members to serve as Board Officers for a one-year term have also been confirmed, as well as the appointment of a new Mobile Task Force Chair.

For the fourth consecutive year, Marc Kekicheff - Senior Business Leader of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. retains his position as Chairman. Uwe Wittig - Group Vice-President within the Mobile Security Business Unit at Giesecke & Devrient continues as GlobalPlatform Vice-Chairman; and Yves Moulart - Director of Development and Innovation within STMicroelectronics' Secure MCUs Division, Integrated Secure Solutions, is again confirmed as GlobalPlatform's Secretary / Treasurer.

Six Board seats were open for election. In addition to Yves Moulart, each of the following individuals were elected to serve a two year term:
• Simon Moore, Solutions Architect - ARM
• Rémi de Fouchier, Vice-President, Marketing Communication - Gemalto
• Arnaud du Chéné, Vice President, Head of Product Quality within Global Chip & Contactless Solutions - MasterCard Worldwide
• Sebastian Hans, Senior Standardization Manager - Oracle

Additionally, Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer at Trustonic was elected to serve a one-year term. Jon has also been appointed Chair of the newly established Security Task Force, which is working to define the association's security philosophy and outline how it will become more active in the security landscape.

Clif Campbell Lead Member of Technical Staff of AT&T has been elected as the new Chair of GlobalPlatform's Mobile Task Force, following the tenure of Jeppe Dorff, Head of Transaction Services at Rogers Communications. Germán Blanco, Business Leader at MasterCard will support Clif as Vice-Chair to oversee the group's efforts to capture and define the business and technical requirements of the secure mobile services ecosystem, ensuring an agreed and workable application management infrastructure is established. This includes work to advance the secure element (SE), trusted execution environment (TEE) and mobile messaging framework.

Marc Kekicheff comments: "We have seen record membership growth in 2013. 26 new companies have joined from around the world and across multiple industries, to participate in our work to standardize the SE, TEE and mobile messaging frameworks, demonstrating the relevance of GlobalPlatform Specifications to today's secure chip marketplace. A key focus for us is to ensure specifications and technical documents are adaptable to the needs of vertical markets and accessible to these audiences. The recent launch of a Premium Content Task Force is an example of this. The dedicated group is working closely with the premium content marketplace to ensure that its needs are met within GlobalPlatform's TEE Specifications, enabling content issuers to host and protect mobile content in a secure environment."

Looking to the 2014 fiscal year, Marc adds: "The appetite for GlobalPlatform knowledge continues to gain momentum. Our TEE conference in Santa Clara at the start of this fiscal year was a resounding success, attracting more than 200 professionals with an interest in mobile security from across the globe. We look forward to hosting similar conferences in 2014 and offering further GlobalPlatform-branded events on a range of topics, such as trusted service management and security.

"Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome all of the new Board members and thank them for their commitment to assisting the association in driving the direction of our technical roadmaps as we continue to advance the management of secure application technology," Marc concludes. 

*GlobalPlatform's financial year runs from 01 October to 30 September. 

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