EPCglobal Inc

September 20, 2005 09:59 ET

Lockheed Martin, Novartis and Sony Corporation Representatives Appointed to EPCglobal Board of Governors

BRUSSELS, Belgium--(CCNMatthews - Sep 20, 2005) -

New Board Members Expand Organization's Multi-Industry Representation

EPCglobal Inc today announced the appointment of three new members to the EPCglobal Board of Governors.

The new members are the following: Dr. Teruaki Aoki, an advisor to Sony Corporation; Peter Cuviello, vice president of focused logistics enterprise at Lockheed Martin; and Kurt Reber, director of global supply chain management for Novartis Pharma AG. The appointments expand the number of industries represented on the EPCglobal Board of Governors to include aerospace and defense technology, consumer entertainment, consumer packaged goods, and additional representation from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

EPCglobal Inc is a joint venture between GS1 (formerly EAN International) and GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council). GS1 is a leading global organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve efficiency and visibility in supply and demand chains. GS1 US is a not-for-profit member organization of GS1 and is dedicated to the development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions.

EPCglobal Inc is a not-for-profit industry organization working with its community to establish global standards for the real-time, automatic identification of items in the supply chain. Adoption and implementation support of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) and the EPCglobal Network are delivered by the more than 100 Member Organizations around the world.

"The addition of these companies to our Board of Governors is in lockstep with the growing multi-industry interest in EPC technology around the world," said Dick Cantwell, chairman of the EPCglobal board and vice president of auto identification at The Gillette Company. "Our three new members represent multi-national companies looking to improve operating efficiencies, customer service and consumer safety. They join a diverse and growing group of adopters of this increasingly important technology."

Current board members include representatives of Cisco Systems, the U.S. Department of Defense, DHL, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, METRO AG, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, and a number of GS1 Member Organizations representing regions around the world.

"More and more, companies investigating EPC technology see its promise and understand the value of engaging and participating in EPCglobal's work to create a foundation for user-driven global standards to support industry and suppliers in the future," said Chris Adcock, president of EPCglobal Inc. "The marketplace directly benefits from the leadership of these companies that are implementing EPC technologies and sharing those experiences within our community."

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