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Board of Directors

Amedeo D’Angelo


Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer

Amedeo D’Angelo is Verimatrix Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining the company in 2015, Amedeo spent a large part of his career at executive positions in high-tech companies.  He dedicated the first 12 years of his career in the field of semiconductors, at AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), and then at the head of Samsung’s European Operations.  Then he has held top management positions in leading European companies including Gemplus Card International, part of the Gemplus group now Gemalto, as President.  He was also the Founder and CEO of Incard, an Italian company developing chip card, software applications and security products to serve the banking, telecom and the identity markets, and Chairman of Y Generation, which developed a mobile payment platform.  M. D’Angelo also served as Chief Operating Officer at Oberthur Card Systems, developing security solutions and software for personnel systems and CEO of Ingenico, a global leader in secure transactions and payment systems, where he implemented structural strategic changes necessary to position the company back to profitability.  He is still currently Independent Director of Verifone (USA) and Lutech (Italy).

Muriel Barnéoud


Independent director, vice chairman of the board and president of the nominations, compensation and governance committee 

Muriel Barnéoud serves as director of corporate social responsibility (“Directeur de l’Engagement Sociétal”) for the La Poste group.  From 2010 to 2016, she was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Docapost (a subsidiary of La Poste group with revenues of €450 million and 4,500 employees) specializing in digital and mobile transition of companies and institutions and an expert in document management, digitalization, and security of digital communications.  Muriel Barnéoud joined the La Poste group in 1994 after an initial experience at Arthur Andersen. She went on to become Deputy Chief Executive Officer of mail services, responsible for production. Muriel Barnéoud was non-executive chairman of two logistics holding companies (Viapost and STP).  While at Docapost, she also sat on the supervisory committee of Xange Private Equity (La Poste group’s private equity arm), and on the Board of Directors of Sofipost, a La Poste group holding company.  She is also an independent director of Akka Technologie.  She is a board member of the ACSEL trade association (digital transformation hub) and the AFRC association (French customer relationship management association) and is also a member of the management committee for the CNAM Abbé Grégoire foundation and is part of the ESG commission of the IFA (French Institute of Administrators). Muriel Barnéoud has been decorated with the awards of “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur”. Muriel Barnéoud graduated from the IEP Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and ENSPTT engineering schools and holds a postgraduate diploma in finance and tax.

Catherine Blanchet

Independent director, president of the audit committee and member of the nominations, compensation and governance committee

Catherine Blanchet serves as Financial Director at Quantmetry since June 2019, an artificial intelligence pure player consultancy firm. In 2015, she created her own business supporting growth companies by accelerating their development and optimizing their valuation. Mrs. Blanchet began her career in 1994 with Crédit Lyonnais in New York, before joining the bank’s international audit department. From 1998 to 2008 she worked with Completel, a B2B telecom operator, notably as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in charge of strategic planning, financing and investor relations, to support the group’s development and promote it to investors. From 2009 to 2015, Catherine Blanchet worked with Ingenico (Euronext: ING), first as Investor Relations Director to raise the group’s profile on the financial markets and enhance its appeal to investors, then as Vice-President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications to manage the transformation of the group’s image.  Ms. Blanchet holds degrees from the Université Paris IX Dauphine (1993) and from Telecom Management (1994), with a telecom finance specialty degree from the Institut Mines-Telecom Bretagne (France).

Jean Schmitt

Independent director, member of the audit committee and of the nominations, compensation and governance committee

Jean Schmitt is Managing Partner of Jolt Capital.  Before founding Jolt Capital, from 2001 to 2011 Jean Schmitt was first Partner, then Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners.  Before that, Jean Schmitt had founded several companies, including SLP InfoWare, a CRM-based big data and artificial intelligence company.  Following its sale to Gemplus in 2000, he held the joint roles of Chairman/CEO of SLP InfoWare and Vice President for Telecoms Solutions & Applications at Gemplus.  Jean Schmitt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Verimatrix (France), NILT (Denmark), Sinequa (France), Blackwood Seven (Denmark) and Interel (Singapore) ; he left the boards of Authentec after its sale to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AUTH), Myriad (SIX: MYRN), and of Heptagon after it was sold to AMS (SIX: AMS) for nearly EUR 1.3 billion.  Jean Schmitt is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris and holds a postgraduate degree in artificial intelligence.  Jean lectures at Telecom ParisTech, Mines ParisTech and the HEC business school.

Joerg Zirener

Independent director, permanent representative of OEP VII IS, LLC, director, member of the audit committee

Joerg Zirener, is a Senior Managing Director with OEP, based in Frankfurt. Joerg Zirener joined OEP in 2006 and has been working on numerous investments in the IT services, technology, packaging, chemical and healthcare industries. Joerg Zirener is a member of the Board of Directors of DWK Lifescience Group, Lutech, Neology, Verimatrix and Bibliotheca, MCL and VASS.  Previously he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Constantia Flexibles, Engineering, Duropack and Smartrac. Prior to joining OEP, he was a Senior Project Manager in the Restructuring/Corporate Finance division of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, where he was responsible for corporate restructuring projects across different industries in Europe. Joerg Zirener also started his own business focusing on the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Joerg Zirener studied Business Administration at the European Business School in Oestrich Winkel, the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de La Rochelle. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Bankruptcy (Chapter 11) restructurings and received his Ph.D. from the Europa Universität Viadrina.