Alex J. Mandl

Alex J. Mandl

Alex J. Mandl (b. 1943, in Austria) is a notable Austrian-American businessman, and currently Executive Chairman of smart card giant Gemalto. He has been named "One of America's Most Powerful Businessmen" by Forbes magazine. [Mark Lewis, [ Catch A Falling Star] , "Forbes" May 1, 2001]

Early life

In the 1950s Mandl moved to the United States with his father Otto after his parents divorced.Keller, John J. Tough Newcomer: Alex Mandl Is Crafting Aggressive Strategy For Future of AT&T --- His `Fat Minutes' Campaign Is Plumping Up Profits With a Slimmer Staff --- Loading the Digital Pipeline. "Wall Street Journal", December 16 1994. pg. A.1.] Alex attended Happy Valley School where his father was the headmaster in the town of Ojai, California. After high school he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where his father took a teaching position. Alex Mandl received a degree in economics at the small liberal arts school. He then enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a Masters in Business Administration in the late 1960s.


Mandl began working for Boise Cascade Corporation after college, remaining there for 11 years. He followed that by working at CSX Corporation and Sea-Land Services, Inc. in the 1980s. Mandl began working at AT&T in August 1991 as chief financial officer. In that position, Joseph Nacchio was one of his top subordinates. Mandl was a key player in AT&T’s purchase of a stake in McCaw Cellular in 1992.

Positions held

* 1969 – Boise Cascade Corporation, mergers and acquisition analyst
* 1969 - 1980 – "various financial positions", according to his bio at Gemalto.
* 1980 – Seaboard Coast Line Industries, SVP and CFO.
* 1987 - 1991 – Chairman and CEO of Sea-Land Service, Inc.
* 1991 - 1996 – CFO, then President & COO, AT&T.
* 1996 - 2001 – Chairman and CEO, Teligent.
* 1999 - 2002 – Board of Directors at In-Q-Tel (resigned to take position at Gemalto.)
* April 2001 - August 2002 – ASM Investments, principal.
* September 2002 - June 2006 – Gemplus International, CEO. []
* June 2, 2006 - present – Gemalto, Executive Chairman.

Other affiliations

* Currently on the boards of Dell, Haas School of Business, Willamette University, UC Berkeley, and the American Enterprise Institute. He has also previously served on the boards of AT+T, Pfizer and Warner-Lambert.
* Mandl has also been affiliated with General Semiconductor, Associated Communications, Omnisky, others.


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