IDEMIA Appoints Pierre Barrial as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Group
The supervisory board of IDEMIA has appointed Pierre Barrial as the new President & CEO of the Group, replacing Yann Delabrière who resumes his previous role as Chairman of the Board. Matthew Cole, who has joined the Group, has taken on Pierre Barrial’s previous position as head of the Secure Enterprise Transactions (SET) division.
Over the last 18 months, IDEMIA has restored its growth and cash generation performance after the creation and successful integration of IDEMIA. Yann, who became President & CEO on October 18th 2018, will now be returning to his role as Chairman of the Board with effect from July 1st, 2020, where he will continue to contribute his strategic and governance insights to the company.
Pierre Barrial will succeed Yann as the Group’s President & CEO. He brings over 25 years’ experience with multinational and multicultural tech companies serving both the government and enterprise sectors. Pierre was in charge of SET, having previously managed IDEMIA’s Mobile Operators then Financial Institutions activities, both today part of the SET division. He has partnered with Yann since the beginning of the year as Deputy CEO. Pierre will become IDEMIA’s Group President & CEO starting July 1st, 2020.
Matthew Cole is appointed as head of the SET division, replacing Pierre Barrial. Matthew brings a wealth of experience in this space, having been President of Cubic Transportation Systems, the leading integrator of payment and information solutions and related services for intelligent travel applications in the transportation industry. He will be based in the US and will sit on the Group Executive Committee, as SET division’s CEO.
Yann Delabrière stated: “After a carefully prepared succession plan, we have chosen a world-class executive, Pierre Barrial, to manage the Group. IDEMIA has demonstrated remarkable resilience since the beginning of this year and our business fundamentals are strong and bode well for the future. On behalf of the Board, I wish Pierre all the very best in his new role.”
Pierre Barrial added: “I’m honored and excited to have been chosen as CEO of the Group. IDEMIA has an extremely committed team of 15,000 employees worldwide and together, we’ll continue to serve our clients regardless of the circumstances. I am also proud to head a company whose purpose, since its creation, is to make the world a safer place, whenever and wherever Identity & Security matter in an increasingly digital world. With recent events, this is more true than ever.”
Matthew Cole said: “I am thrilled and proud to join IDEMIA as CEO of the SET division. I plan to work hand in hand with my teams and Group senior management to bring the company’s strategy and growth targets to fruition.”
About Yann Delabrière
Yann Delabrière is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole Nationale d’Administration and has a postgraduate degree in mathematics. He began his career at the Committee of Public Accounts (Cour des Comptes) before working for the French External Trade Minister. He then became Chief Financial Officer for the French export credit agency, COFACE, followed by Printemps Group, before becoming Chief Financial Officer for PSA Peugeot Citroën in 1990 and, from 1998, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Banque PSA Finance and sat on the PSA Peugeot Citroën Executive Committee. In 2007 Yann was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Faurecia. From June 2017 to February 2018, he chaired the Zodiac Aerospace executive board. From 2004 to May 2018 he was a director of Cap Gemini, from 2012 to 2016 a director of Société Générale and since March 2017 has been a director of Alstom. He has chaired the IDEMIA executive board since October 2018 having previously chaired the IDEMIA supervisory board for a 10-month period.
About Pierre Barrial
Pierre Barrial graduated from Paris School of Business. He comes with over 25 years experience with multinational and multicultural firms and agencies from a broad array of industries including ICT and security, serving both the public and private sectors. After Pierre joined IDEMIA in 2013, he managed the Group’s Latin American operations followed by the Mobile Operators business, the Financial Institutions business and SET. Previously, Pierre worked in various jobs for Bull Group in South Africa, Italy, Poland and Brazil.
About Matthew Cole
Matthew Cole holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University and is also Chartered Certified Accountant. In 2003 he joined Cubic Corporation, the world leader in smart and contactless payments for transportation. During his time at Cubic Matthew held several senior finance positions before successfully heading up the company’s Asia-Pacific operations followed by global Strategy and Business Development. In 2015, he became President of Cubic Transportation Systems. Before Cubic Corporation, Matthew held several positions with blue-chip multinational firms including Endemol, British Airways, Mitsui, First Choice and Schlumberger.
IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space.
Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, an identity that ensures privacy and trust and guarantees secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect one of our greatest assets – our identity – whether for individuals or for objects, whenever and wherever security matters. We provide Augmented Identity for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors. With close to 15,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.
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