William Randle of The Huntington National Bank Elected New Chairman of the Smart Card Alliance

William Randle of The Huntington National Bank Elected New Chairman of the Smart Card Alliance

New York, NY, March 20, 2001–The Smart Card Alliance, a multi-industry association working to accelerate the widespread acceptance and application of smart card technology, today announced its new Chairman. Donna Farmer, President and CEO of the Smart Card Alliance, congratulates William Randle, Executive Vice President e-Huntington, The Huntington National Bank as the new Smart Card Alliance Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“Bill has been a leader in our industry for a number of years,” said Allen Gilstrap, General Manager of American Express’ GNS Smart Chip Services and former Chairman of the Alliance, “His vision and experience are an extraordinary asset to the Alliance. I look forward to our industry’s next chapter under his leadership.”

“Mr. Randle is a highly respected and experienced individual in the banking industry today,” said Donna Farmer, President & CEO of the Smart Card Alliance, “I look forward to working closely with him during this important time in the mission of the Alliance as we focus on fulfilling our goals in achieving widespread smart card usage in the US.”

“This is a very exciting time for the smart card industry,” said William Randle, Executive Vice President e-Huntington, The Huntington National Bank, “I look forward to working with Donna Farmer and the Board of Directors in leading the Smart Card Alliance as we carry forward the strong dedication in promoting smart card technology in the United States.”

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 175 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. The Smart Card Alliance is the leading organization for education and awareness of topical issues associated with the use and adoption of smart card systems. For more information about The Smart Card Alliance, log on to the organization’s Web site at http://www.securetechalliance.org.