Brambles Forms USA Advisory Board

Brambles Limited, parent company of CHEP, has created a new Brambles USA Advisory Board. Appointees to this Board include Rodney Slater, former US Secretary of Transportation, and John Claringbould AM, a former member of the executive leadership team at Mars, the global fast-moving consumer goods group.

Brambles Chairman Graham Kraehe said: “The formation of this advisory board and the appointment of these two outstanding individuals will assist the Board as it develops Brambles’ strategic direction and reflects our commitment to strengthening our stakeholder relationships as we expand in the USA”.

Tom Gorman, Brambles Chief Executive Officer added: “Rodney Slater has extensive experience and knowledge of the supply chain and public policy in the USA. John Claringbould will be able to share with Brambles his insights from working at the highest levels of one of the world’s most recognisable food companies.

The Advisory Board’s principal function will be to assist Brambles in developing and managing customer relationships, identifying and developing new opportunities, and engaging on government policy in the USA and to develop a more innovative culture.”

Mr Slater served as Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton, spearheading historic legislative measures focused on environmental sustainability, safety and trade. Mr Slater is a partner at leading Washington DC law firm Patton Boggs, specialising in public policy, transportation and infrastructure. Before serving as Transportation Secretary, he served as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and in several prominent legal, corporate and government roles in Arkansas.

Mr Claringbould was Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for Mars from 2003 until 2008, responsible for legal and external affairs globally and a member of the five-person executive committee. He worked for Mars since 1990 and was particularly involved in its expansion into China. Prior to joining Mars, he worked as a corporate lawyer and managing partner in a major Australian law firm, advising global companies in sectors including fast-moving consumer goods. He received the Order of Australia in 2001.

Mr Gorman will sit on the Advisory Board, as will Brambles Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes, Senior Vice President & Customer Development Officer Kevin Shuba, CHEP Americas Group President Jim Ritchie and Recall Group President & Chief Operating Officer Elton Potts.

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