Oberthur Card Systems of America named Leo Legaspi director of business development for its wireless and e-business smart card divisions, where he will develop new partnerships and marketing strategies.
Legaspi’s career in telecom and consulting spans 17 years. He was a pioneer in the effort to develop the new CDMA standard for smart cards, an initiative that resulted in significant potential new revenue for the smart card industry overall.
“Leo is well-respected within the smart card community, bringing extensive telecom technology expertise as well as personal contacts with developers and industry leaders,” noted Thierry Burgess, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the American division of Oberthur Card Systems. “He will be instrumental in significantly expanding our market share in the wireless and e-business smart card arena in the Americas.”
Most recently, Legaspi led wireless business development for Gemplus. He also has held strategic planning and marketing positions at NYNEX where he introduced SIM technology for smart cards into the telecom market and was involved in NYNEX’s entry into broadband entertainment and information services using MMDS (wireless cable) technology.
Legaspi serves as chairman of the Telecommunications Advocacy Committee, Smart Card Alliance and was vice-chairman of the Smart Card Forum Telephony Working Group. He has written for various technology publications and holds a master’s in professional studies, Interactive Telecommunications Program from the Tisch School at New York University and an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.
About Oberthur Card Systems
Oberthur Card Systems (Paris Stock Exchange – Code SICOVAM 12413), a global leader and the innovator in the smart card industry, is shaping the future by offering the ultimate in SIM, WAP, 3G (IMT-2000/UMTS), e-wallet technologies & Internet-based card management services coupled with a firm commitment to open standards.
Championing EMV migration, Oberthur is the world’s #1 supplier of MasterCard and Visa cards, #1 in banking, e-commerce, m-commerce and pay-TV, Oberthur is also the #1 in Java(TM) and GSM technologies.
Oberthur Card Systems has an international reach ensured by 30 sales offices and 20 manufacturing sites across the five continents. Oberthur Card Systems had sales of 451.1 million Euros in 2000.Details