Google, eBay Execs Join GS1 US Board of Governors
GS1 US has appointed to Charles Schafer, Ph.D., engineering director at Google, and Yossi Zomet, VP, product and engineering at eBay Inc., to its board of governors
The new board members will help guide GS1 US strategy to support members’ use of GS1 standards for e-commerce, supply-chain visibility and product traceability, and to help meet rising consumer demand for detailed and accurate product information. Schafer and Zomet join a cross-industry board representing companies in apparel, general merchandise, retail grocery, foodservice and health care.
“The expertise of these executives, coming from two of the world’s most innovative companies in digital technology and e-commerce, will be instrumental as we continue to support our members with their digital transformation initiatives,” noted Bob Carpenter, president and CEO of Ewing, New Jersey-based GS1 US. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Charles and Yossi and leverage their perspectives on digital data, e-commerce and retail supply chains as we refine our strategy and serve the evolving needs of industry.”
Schafer heads engineering for Google’s catalog of product data, where he has worked on various projects concerning e-commerce data since joining the Mountain View, Calif.-based company in 2006. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the Center for Language and Speech Processing.
Zomet has end-to-end responsibility for San Jose, Calif.-based eBay’s global structured data team, including its catalog and item classification effort across product, engineering and analytics. Before that, he was VP, product and engineering at eBay, and also worked in Facebook’s Knowledge Graph and Ads group. Zomet began his career in Israel with e-commerce startup Shopping.com, which was later acquired by eBay.
The GS1 US board of governors features executives from 20 top organizations: The Coca-Cola Co., Dot Foods Inc., eBay Inc., Google Store, The J.M. Smucker Co., Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PepsiCo, The Procter & Gamble Co., Publix Inc., PVH Corp., Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Sysco Corp., Target, Topco Associates LLC, Wakefern Food Corp., Walmart, Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op Inc.
GS1 US, a not-for-profit information standards organization that facilitates industry collaboration to help improve supply chain visibility and efficiency through the use of GS1 Standards, the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.