NFC Forum Announces New Chairman and Vice Chairman

Heading up the organization is new Chairman Koichi Tagawa, General Manager of the Global Standards and Industry Relations Department of the FeliCa business at Sony Corporation. Mr. Tagawa has been involved in promoting the adoption and standardization of NFC technology since 2002. He actively contributed to the founding of the NFC Forum, and formerly served as founding Vice Chairman of the organization. Mr. Tagawa replaces outgoing Chairman Christophe Duverne of NXP Semiconductors. The newly-elected Vice Chairman of the NFC Forum is Simon Pugh. Mr. Pugh is Group Head, Center of Excellence for Mobile for MasterCard Worldwide’s Advanced Payments group. In this role, Mr. Pugh is responsible for developing and executing MasterCard’s strategy for mobile commerce. Mr. Pugh also works as a liaison with strategic business partners to promote the development of programs to support MasterCard’s advanced payments initiatives. „“As prominent leaders of one of the world’s largest NFC technology providers and a top payment solutions provider, respectively, Mr. Tagawa and Mr. Pugh possess the vision, insight and global perspective to continue the NFC Forum’s progress in fulfilling its mission,““ said outgoing NFC Forum Chairman Christophe Duverne. „“We welcome them both in their new roles and look forward to the exciting developments to come as more commercial NFC solutions are rolled out in the coming year.““ Elected by a vote of the NFC Forum Board of Directors at its September meeting in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Tagawa and Mr. Pugh join Vice Chairman Gerhard Romen of Nokia and Secretary and Treasurer Martin Bührlen of NXP as Board officers. rcassidy@virtualmgmt.com www.nfc-forum.org 

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