Who We Are

About Us

Trust. It’s a simple word but a critical concept - especially when it comes to our connected lives... Without trust, the world is a more difficult place; when we can’t trust it’s harder to work, socialize, shop and even enjoy the entertainment we love. Bolt-on security causes friction and slows down our mobile lives, but with integral trust, we speed freely on our way to doing some pretty amazing things.  

Trustonic integrates a new level of security directly into the connected devices closest to us. By securing trust directly into the devices through which we access our connected world, Trustonic is simplifying everything from mobile shopping to entertainment to collaborating with colleagues. That foundation of trust means it’s even easier to do more of the things that make us who we are.

That’s why companies like our partners count on Trustonic to protect and unleash a wide variety of powerful, personalized services on your devices. 

Our History

In 2012, three leading pioneers of security technology founded Trustonic, bringing together the respective teams of ARM Secure Services Division, Giesecke & Devrient (G+D) and Trusted Logic Mobililty (TLM) working on Trusted Execution Environment technology.

ARM developed TrustZone as a technology concept in 2002. In 2010, ARM formed the Secure Services Division to drive enablement, standardization and certification activities surrounding TrustZone technology. Today, TrustZone is now integrated within in a high proportion of applications processor system on chips that lay at the heart of smart devices. TLM and G+D pioneered development of security software to run on TrustZone enabled system on chips and built upon decades of experience in developing highly secure tamper resisitant smart card technology, commonly found in bank cards, SIM cards and government issued identity documents. TLM and G+D combine twelve years of learning and hands-on commercial experience of security software technology resulting in a rich body of knowledge surrounding Trusted Execution Environment technology and its applications.  

Executive Management Team

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Ben Cade, CEO

Ben is an experienced industry executive, most recently GM & VP of ARM Ltd's Secure Services Division and before this Executive Director for Linaro, the multi party software joint venture. During his time at ARM he held a number of senior roles in business development, M&A and product marketing. 

Prior to ARM, Ben held a variety of roles in a major Japanese blue chip and European focused software companies. He holds an executive MBA from the London Business School and a Masters in Engineering from Southampton University.

 

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Chris Jones, COO

Chris Jones is Chief Operations Officer for Trustonic and was previously VP Licensing, Processor Division for ARM, after leading the Processor Division Licensing team for 2 years. During his time at ARM Chris also held product manager roles for Processors and System IP; in doing so, he led the development and marketing of ARM PrimeCell peripheral IP product range. He moved into the commercial operation role initially covering licensing into ARM 3rd party IP, October 2001 and then as a Licensing Manager, licensing ARM process and Systems IP. Before joining ARM Chris worked for leading Semiconductor companies, Analalog Device and National Semiconductor. Chris is a graduate in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Hons) from De Montfort University.

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Jon Geater, CTO

Jon Geater is CTO for Trustonic, responsible for overseeing the long-term technology strategy. Prior to this he was Director of Technology for the Secure Service Division at ARM. He has also held the position of Director of Technical strategy and CTO (Enterprise) for Thales Information Systems Security and worked for nCipher in leading Engineering roles including Chief Architect.

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Dr Stephan Spitz, EVP Engineering

Stephan Spitz is the EVP of Engineering, responsible for integrating all of the Engineering activities in Trustonic. Stephan was previously the Director and Head of Strategic planning for Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, overseeing the development and execution of G&D Mobicore TEE Prior to this he held Program Management and Business Development roles after joining G&D in 2004 and other secure software, Java Card and research roles with Fraunhofer Gesellchaft, TUC GmbH and G&D.

Stephan gained his doctorate in 2002 and Degree “Diplom-Ingenieur” in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 1998 from the Technical University Munich.

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Olivier Leger, EVP Sales and Marketing

Olivier Leger is the EVP of Sales and Marketing, bringing his sales experience to Trustonic. Before this he was Senior VP, Strategic Partners at Gemalto and General Manager at Trusted Logic Mobility, a subsidiary of Gemalto. Olivier has 20 years’ experience in the embedded systems and smart card industry, having held various senior management positions for Gemalto in France, the UK, and the USA. He has developed an extensive knowledge of the Banking and Telecom industry through the marketing and sales of innovative software solutions. He holds an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

 

Board of Directors

 

Ben Cade, CEO

 

Ian Drew, Shareholder Director

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for ARM Limited
Ian Drew was appointed as EVP Marketing and Business Development in June 2012, having previously been EVP Strategy in August 2011, and EVP Marketing since July 2008. He joined ARM in July 2005 as VP Segment Marketing. Prior to this, he worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years in various senior management roles around the world including Asia, Europe and the US, latterly as GM of the Russia/CIS office based in Moscow.

Dr. Kai Grassie, Shareholder Director

CTO, Group Senior Vice President at Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
Dr. Grassie has led the Corporate Technology Office since January 1st, 2011. Before his function as CTO, he headed the “New Business” division as General Manager. Grassie joined G&D after 16 years with the Dutch Royal Philips Electronics group. He started his career at Philips in 1989 within the group’s corporate research division. After several managerial positions in the product divisions “Lighting and Components”, Grassie moved to Philips Semiconductors in 2002, initially as VP of Technology & Innovation of the Identification Business Unit. From 2003 until he joined Giesecke & Devrient, Grassie was CEO of Philips Semiconductors Dresden AG. Grassie studied physics at the University of Dortmund and earned his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1985. Until 1989 Grassie worked at the Max Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics in Garching, Munich. 

Martin McCourt, Shareholder Director

EVP Stategy and Innovation, Gemalto
Martin McCourt has held his current position since 2007, being responsible for Strategy and M&A and executing over 20 acquisitions. From January 2014 he has also taken responsibility for Research and Development, Innovation, IP and Purchasing. He was previously President of Asia for Gemplus (2005-2007) and before that had spent 20 years with Corning Inc in R&D, sales and marketing, strategy and M&A roles, most recently heading the worldwide Project Services business for Corning Cable Systems. Martin has a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, a PhD in Integrated Optics from the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin.

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