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Gemalto: We're there to bring trust to the world's digital transformation

Gemalto: We're there to bring trust to the world's digital transformation

The digital space is on a continuous transformation as most of our interactions and communications happen here. It becomes very important to ensure that our digital space is safe and secure. We bring to you Gemalto, a company that needs no introduction, being a leading force in the international digital security space. As the world’s largest producer of SIM cards, Gemalto is the prime provider of digital security that enables the trusted connections of today.

Founded in 2006 after the merger of Gemplus and Axalto, Gemalto provides software applications, managed services, and security of personal devices like smart cards, etc. “You will find our digital identity and data protection technologies at the heart of modern life,” says the CEO, Philippe Vallée. “We are there when banks exchange funds, people cross borders or drivers step into connected cars.” It doesn’t matter which time zone or continent you belong to, Gemalto protects governments, businesses, and individuals from identity thefts and data breaches.

Next-Gen Digital Security

The amount of personal data we’re generating is skyrocketing each day as communications spread across the digital space. This increases the number of threats and breaches. But with Gemalto, the prime identity thefts, cyber attacks, and the unencrypted data are taken care of. More than 30,000 business organizations use Gemalto’s solutions to allow access to services, verify the identities of people and things and also to protect the growing amount of data these services generate.

Gemalto works differently to other security companies. Here, the company puts the focus on two core technologies: Digital Identification and Data Protection. The data owners have more control because Gemalto combines Digital Identification and Data Protection throughout the entire digital service lifecycle.

At Gemalto, there are 35 research and software development centers. They work to design multiple authentication schemes like biometrics, IoT connectivity, physical and digital identity credentials, device security, cloud service protection, and data encryption.“These technologies are enabling digital payment, border control, cloud security, smart healthcare and much more,” explains the CEO.

Timeline from inception to present

Gemalto believes in starting with trust and growing from there. The company has led the market for trusted digital interactions since its inception in 2006. At present, its pioneering technologies touch the lives of billions of people. “It’s all thanks to our rich heritage, legacy of innovation and focus on continued growth,” says Vallée.

Here’s a brief timeline of Gemalto:

  • 2006: New beginnings with the establishment of Gemalto through a merger between Gemplus and Axalto
  • 2007: Gemalto secures online banking being the first to receive Visa and Mastercard certification
  • 2009: The company boosts for child protection in Belgium with new eID card for children under 12 years
  • 2010: Gemalto is the key player in launching the first LTE/4G network in the US
  • 2012: It delivers the 25 millionth e-Driver’s license in India
  • 2013: Gemalto successfully traded on two markets at SE Euronext Amsterdam and NYSE Euronext Paris
  • 2015: Acquires SafeNet, making Gemalto the reference for cloud data, software and transaction security
  • 2016: Gemalto celebrates a decade of success and its expansion from 10,000 people in 2006 to 15,000 
  • 2017: Gemalto acquires 3M’s Identity Management Business to continue expansion into the promising commercial biometric authentication market

Gemalto-Doing things differently

“We are a forward-thinking company with a positive view of digital security,” notes Vallée. With such positive thinking, Gemalto has quickly grown to become a global leader in the field of security. Today, it serves some of the largest organizations and is spread across the globe. As the forefront of digital security, Gemalto is well aware that its clients trust the company with their business. This is why Gemalto will always remain true to its three founding values, which are:

Customers: Gemalto is a company that puts its customers’ needs at the heart of everything that is done. It builds trust, long-term relationships and works together to create innovative solutions that improve people's connected lives. In 2017, customers ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with Gemalto was +89%.

People: The people of Gemalto are the foundation of its success. The company strives to attract, nurture and retain a talented and diverse workforce, while maintaining a strong culture of ethics and innovation. The employee satisfaction rate in 2017 was more than 80%.

Innovation: Gemalto believes that innovation is key to meeting the future needs of society and securing long-term business growth. This is why it invested 255 million Euros in Research and Development in 2017.

The Forefront of Gemalto

Philippe Vallée has held his current position as the CEO since September 2016. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer, with operational responsibility for all the Company's businesses and EVP of Gemalto Telecommunications Business Unit. He previously served Gemplus then Gemalto, in a number of roles including various Product and Marketing management roles; SVP Marketing and then President of the Telecom BU, Chief Technology Officer. Besides France, Philippe has served several assignments in Hong Kong and Singapore. Philippe has over 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry.

He began his career with Matra Communication (now Lagardère Group) as a product manager on the first generation of GSM mobile phones. Philippe has a degree in Engineering (Telecom and Microelectronics) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble and is a graduate of the ESSEC Business School.

“People and organizations need to feel confident about using digital services.”

“By relying on us, our clients in 180 countries can offer trusted and secure digital services so that their customers and citizens can enjoy their digital lifestyles.”

“As the world becomes more connected, we make it more secure.”

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