GS1 UK appoints Anne Godfrey as next CEO

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GS1 UK have revealed that Anne Godfrey will join in August as its new CEO. Anne is currently the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), a role she has held since January 2016.

Prior to joining CIEH, Anne previously held senior positions at The Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Business Travel Association and The Law Society. Her earlier career was in professional publishing included senior sales, marketing and product development roles for Thomson Reuters and Pearson.

The appointment or Anne Godfrey concludes a search initiated by GS1 UK chair Chris Tyas in January after current CEO Gary Lynch announced his intention to retire. The balance of the year will see a transition of global and local responsibilities prior to Lynch’s retirement at the end of 2020.

“The opportunity to deliver GS1 UK’s vision of responding to key macro trends and supporting a diverse membership across all industry sectors is fascinating. Having met members of the team and supervisory board I knew that GS1 UK has a strong culture of collaboration, and a passion for what they do, which is aligned to my own belief as to how you build successful membership-based organisations.

There is an opportunity to learn from the 114 offices across the globe and be part of delivering major programmes such as Verified by GS1. We know this focus on quality trusted data is going to be key as the societal consumer looks to take control and make informed choices about their purchases and lifestyle options. From complete transparency in farm to fork, to allergen labelling and management, GS1 UK and its members have a role to play. How could I not be excited by such a multifaceted role?”
– Anne Godfrey, incoming CEO, GS1

“We were determined to embark on a process to secure the right person to succeed Gary, and in Anne I am certain we have. She has the drive and experience to deliver the great vision we have for our members and, even more importantly, she is culturally aligned with our organisation and the industries we support.”
– Chris Tyas, Chair, GS1

3 Responses

  1. Hopefully Anne Godfrey can improve the website. It is clunky, and with frequent time-outs. A total horlicks.

  2. What is needed to shake up this self serving club is simply competition.
    The sooner the better whereby smaller businesses can obtain their codes in quantities and at prices that are acceptable.
    GS1 behaves like any monopoly supplier and should be broken up and competition introduced into their marketplace by allowing wholesale/resale options.


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