The Global Language of Business

Kathryn E. Wengel appointed as new Management Board Chair, Renaud de Barbuat as Management Board Vice Chair and four new Management Board Members

 Hangzhou, 16 May 2018: GS1, the global supply chain standards organisation, announces the appointment of Kathryn E. Wengel as new Management Board Chair. Ms Wengel is Worldwide VP & Chief Supply Chain Officer at Johnson & Johnson. GS1 also announces the appointment of Renaud de Barbuat as new Management Board Vice Chair. Mr de Barbuat is Chief Information Officer France, Carrefour. Both the new Chair and Vice Chair will hold their position for a one-year term. He is joining Julio Nemeth, President Global Business Services at Procter & Gamble, who continues in his term as Vice Chair for one more year.

Together with these appointments, GS1 welcomes four new Members that are joining its Management Board:

  • José G. Loaiza Herrera, Vice President of International Business at Grupo Exito;
  • Kerry Pauling, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Walmart International;
  • Martin Reintjes, Member of the Executive Board at Dr. Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG;
  • Rob Rekrutiak, Group Product Manager at Google LLC.

The community of GS1 Member Organisations approved these nominations at its annual General Assembly meeting which took place in Hangzhou (China).

Kathryn Wengel said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve as the Management Board Chair of GS1. There are more than one billion globally-unique product identifiers (the famous “barcode numbers”) from which to grow, billions of consumers and patients that seek increased transparency, and millions of companies that can thrive through adoption of GS1 standards. These are truly incredible opportunities for industry.”

The complete list of GS1 Management Board members can be found at

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About GS1
GS1® is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that provides global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named in 2016 by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy.” GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. We enable organisations of all types and sizes to identify, capture and share information seamlessly. Our scale and reach – local Member Organisations in 112 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 5 billion transactions every day – help ensure that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. Find out more at