Alex J. Mandl

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Alex J. Mandl (born 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

In the 1950s Mandl moved to the United States with his father Otto after his parents divorced.[2] Alex attended Happy Valley School (now known as Besant Hill School of Happy Valley) where his father was the headmaster in the town of Ojai, California.[2] After high school he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where his father took a teaching position.[2] 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.[2]


Mandl began working for Boise Cascade Corporation after college, remaining there for 11 years.[2] He followed that by working at CSX Corporation and Sea-Land Services, Inc. in the 1980s.[2] Mandl began working at AT&T in August 1991 as chief financial officer. In that position, Joseph Nacchio was one of his top subordinates.[2] Mandl was a key player in AT&T’s purchase of a stake in McCaw Cellular in 1992.[2]

Positions held[edit]

Other affiliations[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ Mark Lewis, Catch A Falling Star, Forbes May 1, 2001
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 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.
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