Friday, January 15, 2021

Executives From Google and eBay Join GS1 US Board of Governors

Industry Leaders to Help Guide GS1 US Strategy to Support Members’ Digital Transformation Efforts.

GS1 US has appointed the following executives to the GS1 US Board of Governors: Charles Schafer, Ph.D., engineering director, Google; and Yossi Zomet, vice president, product and engineering, eBay, Inc.

The new Board members will help guide the GS1 US strategy to support members’ use of GS1 Standards for e-commerce, supply chain visibility and product traceability and to help meet growing consumer demand for detailed and accurate product information. They join a cross-industry Board of Governors representing companies in apparel, general merchandise, retail grocery, foodservice and healthcare.

“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,” said Bob Carpenter, president and CEO, 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.”

Charles Schafer leads engineering for Google’s catalog of product data, where he has worked on a variety of projects around e-commerce data since joining Google in 2006. Dr. Schafer received a Ph.D. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the Center for Language and Speech Processing.

Yossi Zomet has end-to-end responsibility for eBay’s global structured data team, including its catalog and item classification effort across product, engineering and analytics. Previously, he was vice president, product and engineering at eBay and also worked at Facebook in the company’s Knowledge Graph and Ads group. Mr. Zomet began his career in Israel with an e-commerce start-up, Shopping.com, which was later acquired by eBay.

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The GS1 US Board of Governors includes executives from 20 leading organizations, including: The Coca-Cola Company; Dot Foods, Inc.; eBay, Inc.; Google Store; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PepsiCo; The Procter & Gamble Company; Publix, Inc.; PVH Corp.; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Sysco Corporation; Target; Topco Associates LLC; Wakefern Food Corp.; Walmart; Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc.

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