ABnote Hires Gregoire Maes to Run North American Operations
Fort Lee, New Jersey – Aug 25, 2014 – ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of financial and secure credentialing solutions announced today that it had entered into an agreement with Gregoire Maes, one of the industry’s leading young minds in the fields of complex secure credentialing and world class operations management, including EMV and dual interface cards, as Chief Operating Officer of ABnote North America, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Maes has previously served for eleven years at Gemalto in different operational responsibilities across the globe (Europe, Singapore and China) and more recently as Regional Operations Director, Asia Pacific for Oberthur Technology based in Hong Kong, where he led EMV deployment and industrial best practices across 7 different sites in the region.
The hiring marks Mr. Maes’s second tour of duty with ABnote, for which he previously led Australasian operations, and comes as ABnote North America and its competitors await the imminent adoption of EMV-based smartcard technology within the United States. Mr. Maes is credited with ABnote Australasia’s successful transition of its major Australian and New Zealand bank customers’ transition to dual interface smartcards. According to Steven Singer, ABnote’s global Chairman and Chief Executive, “We could not be more delighted than to reunite with Gregoire, both because of his proven track record of ensuring financial issuers a seamless EMV transition, and because of the extraordinary effort and intellect that he brings to the table, as we at ABnote know from first-hand experience.”
Keith Goldstein, ABnote North America’s President and CEO, added, “When we set out to fill this position, Greg was our leading candidate from the very start. We wanted – and, happily, succeeded – in bringing in the best of the best. Greg has as much hands-on experience with EMV roll-outs as anyone in the industry, including programs in France at the very start of his career, in Malaysia in 2002, China in 2005-6, and Australia in 2007-8. I am confident that his presence will enable us to improve every aspect of our North American business unit, and better serve our customers ever-changing requirements.” Mr. Maes will report directly to Messrs. Singer and Goldstein.
Mr. Maes stated, “I am delighted to be back at ABnote, especially to participate in America’s extremely dynamic and promising smartcard market. I have always deeply respected ABnote’s customer-centric, technology-neutral approach, and I believe that it will serve us well in optimizing our clients’ experience with new cards and card-related services.”
ABnote, with facilities in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australasia, is a premier and trusted provider of secure products and solutions. We provide solutions to global customers including financial, retail, government, and many other commercial markets. ABnote’s primary products include financial cards (Dual Interface, EMV, magnetic stripe), identification and credential cards (Drivers’ Licenses, National ID cards, Student ID), transit cards, hotel, facility and theme park access cards and membership programs, retail plastic cards (gift, loyalty, RFID), barcodes and labels and secure documents (vital records, certificates, passports, and more); along with complimentary secure services, including instant card issuance, NFC mobile payments, TSM, personalization, secure warehousing, distribution and fulfilment.