“The only failure in life is boredom.” This motto from Laetitia Jay, my colleague and VP of M2M Solutions and Services at Gemalto, has served her well in her 20+ year career and it also helped land her on Connected World Magazine’s 2015 list of WoM2M. Part of an impressive group of women charging their way through M2M and inspiring innovation, Laetitia was chosen because of her unique perspective, experience and influence in helping Gemalto become a better corporate citizen and technology leader.
Long before Sheryl Sandberg encouraged women to “lean in,” Laetitia has been making an impact on the technology industry. Through two decades, Laetitia’s career has spanned product design and engineering, strategic portfolio development, business strategy, international marketing and management, giving her a wide range of experience to help push the next wave of M2M innovation. At Gemalto, Laetitia helped define the expansion of M2M solutions and services for several “firsts” including MIMs and predictive maintenance services, security architecture consulting services, and the device agnostic SensorLogic Application enablement platform.
She’s been instrumental in driving Gemalto’s strategy for M2M security, On Demand Connectivity, Cinterion Concept Board and Gemalto Developer Community, which are all helping support the next wave of internet-of-things technology.
M2M has gone from being the obscure “stepchild” of the technology world to the driving force behind the hottest innovations in today’s global marketplace today. Laetitia joins a remarkable group of WoM2M who have influenced the advent of innovations like smart homes, mHealth devices and connected cars including: Monica Hallam, Director of Product Development for AT&T who was honored for her ability to help automotive OEMs “think outside the box”; Nicola Palmer, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Verizon who is responsible for planning, engineering, building, and operating the company’s voice, data and 4G LTE networks; and Michelle Moody, Cross Vehicle Marketing Manager for Ford Motor Company, who allowed her love of cars grow into a career bringing new connected car technologies like Ford’s SYNC 3 and AppLink to market.
Beginning with Ada Lovelace, the very first computer programmer in the 1800s to today’s list of WoM2M, women are making an indelible and important impact on the technology industry. Congratulations, kudos and hats off to all on your achievements!