Xavier DRILHON has been appointed Executive Vice President of Oberthur
After the reorganization of the company initiated by CEO Philippe
GEYRES, Xavier took charge of EMEA region, which represents 70% of
Oberthur Card Systems’ global sales.
In addition, Xavier will now work closely with the CEO, as special
advisor in fields such as sales & marketing, personalization activities,
and Mergers & Acquisitions.
“Xavier has a great experience within the Group and his strong expertise
of the smart card industry, notably in our payment and personalization
core business, is a major strength for our team”, said Philippe Geyres,
CEO. “I’m very happy that Xavier has accepted to take up the challenge
and I wish him success in this new mission”
Xavier, a graduate of Telecom INT and of Harvard Business School
(PMD72), began his career as Management Consultant at Arthur Andersen
and KPMG Peat Marwick. He joined the Francois-Charles Oberthur Group in
1994 and was Vice President of banknote Corporation of America, a
subsidiary of Francois Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire between 1994 and
1997. He started with Oberthur Card Systems in 1997 as Director of
Manufacturing and Development. In 1999, he played a key role in the
acquisition of the Card Division of De La Rue and then in its merger
with Oberthur Card Systems as Director of Corporate Operations.
Xavier held several managing positions in manufacturing and in sales. He
greatly contributed to the international development of the company with
the opening of sales offices, new manufacturing and personalization
facilities or various acquisitions, particularly in Southern Europe, the
Middle-East, Africa and South America.
In 2006, he conducted a restructuring plan in Europe and deployed the
global management of the worldwide SIM card manufacturing.
Xavier DRILHON, 40, is married and has 4 children.
About Oberthur Card Systems
With sales of 524.0 million Euros in 2006, Oberthur Card Systems is one
of the world’s leading providers of card-based solutions, software and
applications including SIM and multi-application smart cards as well as
services ranging from consulting to personalization. Innovative
products, security expertise and high quality services ensure Oberthur
Card Systems’ strong positioning in its main target markets :
* Payment & Services: 47% of 2006 revenues. A world leading supplier
of Visa and MasterCard payment cards.
* Mobile Communications: 47% of 2006 revenues, with open and
interoperable solutions based on Java(TM) technology.
* Identity: strong positions in ID projects throughout the world.
* Multimedia: leading position in the Pay-TV market with an
end-to-end expertise in the value chain: software development,
manufacturing and personalization.
* Transit: focus in the high-end segment with a microprocessor-based
Close to its customers, the company benefits from an industrial and
commercial presence across all five continents. Listed on the Euronext
Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000124133) since July 2000, Oberthur Card
Systems is a subsidiary of the Francois-Charles Oberthur Group.