With a Ph.D in Physics gained from the University of California, Michele Scarlatella has held academic positions at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, High Tech industry for IBM and Silicon Graphics.

In 1988 Michele moved back to Europe and worked first as a Product Designer and then as a Product Marketing Manager in telecom equipments & payment terminals with the IPM Group. He started activities in the Smart Card sector in 1991, developing schemes for point of sales (POS) and payphone services, card batch processing, fraud management, secure application module development and key distribution schemes.

He was also Founder and Chief Technical Officer of a network security start-up (eMaze Communications) serving several blue-chip companies before joining STMicroelectronics in 2004. Michele started as a Product & Application Director for Smart Card products and was soon appointed to the position of Vice-President Marketing. In 2010 he became part of the Secure Microcontroller Division of STMicroelectronics as Central Marketing Director.

Michele has been an elected Member of the SIMalliance Board since 2009. He is also a Member of the IEEE Communication Society, Computer Society and ACM/SIGSEC (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Security).