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CIES announced yesterday that the Global Food safety Initiative (GFSI), which it manages, has gotten a new governance structure:

• JP Suarez, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, International Division, Wal-Mart Stores, has been elected to serve as the new GFSI Chairman for a one year term of office. JP Suarez replaces Roland Vaxelaire, Director of Risk, Responsibility and Quality, Carrefour Group in this position.

• Yves Rey, Corporate Quality General Manager, Danone Group and Cindy Jiang, Director, Worldwide Quality, Food Safety, and Nutrition, McDonald's Corporation, USA have been elected to serve as Vice-Chairs for a two-year term of office.

In a prepared statement, Suarez said, “By creating the position of Vice-Chair to support the role of the GFSI Chairman, we will ensure that the key partners in the supply chain are equally represented in the decision-making process of the GFSI Board of Directors, in their drive for further harmonisation of best food safety practice and use of common food safety standards world-wide.”

The GFSI Board of Directors is now composed of the following companies, reflecting this transition phase, as more food service and manufacturers become involved:

• Terry Babbs, International Trading Law and Technical Director, Tesco Plc, UK;
• Hugo Byrnes, Product Safety and Consumer Affairs Director, Royal Ahold, Netherlands;
• Marcos Campos, Quality Assurance Director, Bertin SA, Brazil;
• Kevin Chen, Vice President, China Resources Vanguard Co., Ltd., P.R. China;
• D.V Darshane, Director Policy & Standards, Global Quality, The Coca-Cola Company, USA;
• Bryan Farnsworth, VP Quality Management, Hormel Foods Corporation, USA;
• Hervé Gomichon, Quality Director, Carrefour Group;
• Cory Hedman, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Director, Hannaford Bros. Co. (Delhaize Group), USA;
• Cindy Jiang, Director, Worldwide Quality, Food Safety, and Nutrition, McDonald's Corporation, USA;
• Hans-Jürgen Matern, Division Manager Quality Assurance, Metro AG, Germany;
• Payton Pruett, Vice President, Corporate Food Technology & Regulatory Compliance, The Kroger Co., USA;
• Yves Rey, Corporate Quality General Manager, Danone Group;
• John P. Suarez, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, International Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
• Johann Züblin, Head of Standards & Social Compliance, Federation Of Migros Cooperatives, Switzerland.

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