Food safety group adds three to board

The Global Food Safety Initiative has named three new members to its board of directors. The appointments were effective as of January 2013.

Joining the board are:

John Carter, senior director own brand and product quality assurance, Metro Cash & Carry, Germany

Anthony C. Huggett, VP quality management, Nestlé, Switzerland

Jian Xu, VP China Resources Vanguard Corporation, China

Carter joined Metro Cash and Carry International in 2012. He is currently responsible for the safety and quality of Metro Own Brand products, both food and non-food, in the 29 countries in which Metro operates. Prior to this he was the director of corporate quality for the Central/Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMA) Region of Kraft Foods International. John has a degree in Chemical Engineering from London South Bank University, and an MBA from Cambridge University in the UK.

Huggett, during his 23 years at Nestlé, has held a variety of positions in the areas of food safety and quality management in Europe and in Asia. Before joining Nestlé, Huggett, who earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Toxicology from the University of London, UK, worked for 6 years as a research scientist in the area of cancer aetiology at the National Cancer Institute at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2011, he was appointed as head of quality Management for Nestlé with strategic and functional leadership for the 8000 quality and food safety professionals in the Nestlé group.

Xu is the VP general manager of the Northwest business branch for China Resources Vanguard Corporation (CRV) based in Xi’an, Shanxi province, China. He is a graduate of Xi’an Jiao Tong University and majored in Business Administration. Xu started his career in the retail industry with Xi’an HOME CLUB Supermarket in 1999. Prior to joining CRV, he spent nearly five years as VP for Tianjin Jiashijie Chain Commercial Group. He joined China Resources Vanguard in April 2007 as the General Manager of the northwest region and is in charge of the group quality management.