The Smart Card Forum, a multi-industry organization working to accelerate the widespread acceptance and application of smart card technology, Wednesday announced its new Chairman, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors for the 1999-2000 year. Donna Farmer, President and CEO of the Smart Card Forum, welcomed Allen Gilstrap, Vice President at American Express, as the new Smart Card Forum Chairman of the Board at the Forum’s 7th Annual Meeting held here today. The Smart Card Forum’s Executive Committee and Board are made up of industry leaders and visionaries that will guide the organization into the new millennium.
“The smart card industry in the US has reached a turning point,” said Gilstrap. “The Smart Card Forum will be essential in serving as a principal industry champion and leading provider of education programs. I am pleased to be working with Donna Farmer in leading the Forum into 2000.” Farmer, in welcoming Gilstrap as the new Chairman at the Smart Card Forum’s Annual Meeting, said, “I look forward to an exciting new year with the Forum, and to working closely with Allen in continuing to build our membership base and enhancing our services.”
The Smart Card Forum Board of Directors also includes the following distinguished individuals who retain seats on the board: Miguel Abramowicz, Vice President, CitiGroup; Louis Gasparini, Vice President, Excite@Home; Gerald Hubbard, Vice President, Bull; Gilles Lisimaque, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Gemplus; Mike Love, Vice President, First Union; Jerry Smith, Smart Card Opportunity Manager, IBM; Randy Vanderhoof, Director of Product Marketing, Schlumberger; Bette Wasserman, Vice President, Bank of America; and Jody Zimmerman, Global Business Development Director, Motorola. They are joined by the following newly elected Board Members:
— Patrick Gauthier, Vice President, VISA
— Kevin Gillick, Director of Market Development, DataCard
— Rick Mace, President and CEO, First Access
— Tambra Nichols, Vice President, Wachovia Bank, and
— Michael Orr, Director of Business Development, 3GI (Audit Rep)
As a part of the Smart Card Forum Board of Directors elections, the following individuals were also elected to the Executive Committee:
— Gilles Lisimaque, Gemplus, elected as Vice Chairman
— Patrick Gauthier, Visa, elected as Treasurer
— Rick Mace, First Access, elected as Secretary
— Tambra Nichols, Wachovia Bank, elected as Assistant Treasurer
— Kevin Gillick, DataCard, elected as Assistant Secretary
In addition, Mike Dinning, US Department of Transportation, was elected as the Federal Government Advisor to the Board.
“With so many key representatives of leading smart card technology innovators and implementors leading our organization, The Smart Card Forum is well-positioned to fulfill its goals of achieving widespread smart card usage in the US in the new millennium,” said SCF President and CEO Donna Farmer. “As we progress into our new membership year, I would like to thank Bill Barr, past Chairman of the Smart Card Forum and our departing Board Members: Catherine Allen, BITS; Jean McKenna, VISA; Michael Tempora, MasterCard; Bryan Ichikawa, SPYRUS; Julie Krueger, SPYRUS; Eddie Esquivel, State of Texas; and Tom Gregg, 3GI. All have devoted time and attention to further the industry through their dedicated efforts with the Smart Card Forum.”
About The Smart Card Forum
The Smart Card Forum is a non-profit, multi-industry organization of nearly 200 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. The Smart Card Forum is the leading organization for education and awareness of topical issues associated with the use and adoption of smart card systems. The Smart Card Forum also operates the Smart Card Forum Educational Institute, the industry-leading course dedicated to providing smart card education that has set the standard in the industry. The curriculum is based on leading edge educational models and methodologies utilizing experienced instructors who are experts in the smart card industry. For more information about The Smart Card Forum, log on to the organization’s Web site at [http://www.smartcardforum.org].