GlobalPlatform appoints Nokia director

The GlobalPlatform board of directors has appointed a strategic director from the GlobalPlatform membership to represent handset manufacturers in board decisions and provide expert industry advice on the organisation’s mobile strategy through 2011 and beyond.

Janne Uusilehto, director and head of product security for Nokia, which is a full member of GlobalPlatform, takes up the voluntary consultative position with immediate effect.

GlobalPlatform is a cross industry, not-for-profit association which identifies, develops and publishes specifications which facilitate the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology.

Drawing from his expertise and inside knowledge of the mobile industry, Uusilehto will make recommendations to the GlobalPlatform Board on how the GlobalPlatform Specifications could evolve to ensure alignment with the specific and emerging requirements of the mobile sector.

Uusilehto will assist GlobalPlatform in its liaison activities with other mobile industry consortia, ensuring mutual awareness and cooperation towards open standards and an interoperable technical infrastructure for mobile services.

Commenting on his role, Uusilehto said: “GlobalPlatform plays an instrumental part in the development of a standardised mobile services infrastructure. With such a high level of activity across mobile initiatives within GlobalPlatform’s committees and working groups, it is an exciting time to be appointed as a strategic director and participate in discussions with the elected board. I look forward to leveraging my experience and knowledge to best serve the needs of the mobile industry through this level of participation.”

In his new role, Uusilehto will work alongside the GlobalPlatform Mobile Task Force. This group provides input to the technical committees to ensure GlobalPlatform’s technology supports industry convergence with the mobile telecoms sector.

Kevin Gillick, executive director at GlobalPlatform, added: “Mobile services standardisation continues to be a key priority for GlobalPlatform; currently over two thirds of our members are actively engaged in the Mobile Task Force. The board has a responsibility to the membership to ensure that GlobalPlatform’s mobile strategy in the near and long term reflects and addresses their business development requirements. Janne will play a vital role in helping the Board to validate its strategy. His extensive experience and unique perspective on the mobile sector make him a valued, and very welcome, voice in our board discussions.”