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GS1 US, Inc. yesterday elected Robert W. Carpenter as its new CEO, effective May 10, replacing Miguel Lopera, who has been serving as the CEO of GS1 US since 2004 while simultaneously serving as CEO of Brussels-based GS1. Lopera will now focus on his global role.
Lawrenceville, N.J.-based GS1 US, one of 108 country-based affiliates of GS1, is a not-for-profit global standards organization that helps businesses adopt and implement standards-based, global supply-chain solutions.
“Bob is immensely well qualified to lead our organization,” said Sandy Douglas, chairman of the GS1 US board of governors and also the president of Coca-Cola North America. “GS1 US has helped hundreds of thousands of businesses save hundreds of billions of dollars over its 30-plus years, but it still has a lot of untapped potential. Bob has the operational experience, as well as the sector-specific knowledge, to tap that potential and guide the organization and its member companies into the future.”
Carpenter comes to GS1 US from ARAMARK Corp., where he was SVP of business and strategic development for ARAMARK International, a $4 billion division with locations in 22 countries. In that position, he led acquisitions and strategic development in verticals such as health care, business and industry, and refreshments. Prior to this, Carpenter was president of ARAMARK Healthcare, a $1.7 billion division serving more than 1,100 hospitals in the United States.
With extensive general management and marketing experience in both consumer- and service-based businesses, Carpenter built winning teams in the U.S. and Europe, achieving reliable revenue and profit performance in new ventures as well as mature businesses, according to GS1 US. He held three senior leadership positions with ARAMARK over a period of five years, during which he delivered significant financial and operational results while directing strategies involving thousands of employees.
In addition to serving as president of ARAMARK Healthcare, Carpenter worked for 11 years at Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, where he held marketing positions of increasing responsibility for such leading brands as Tylenol, Motrin, Pepcid AC and St. Joseph’s.
Carpenter will make his first public appearance as CEO on June 3 at the organization’s annual U Connect Conference in Orlando, Fla. “Although GS1 US has accomplished a great deal over the last three decades, there remain tremendous opportunities to strengthen adoption of solutions, standards and technology across not only its traditional industry verticals, like consumer packaged goods, but also emerging verticals, such as health care,” he said.