Ian RobertsonIan Robertson, MBCS, CITP is EPCglobal's Global Industry Development Director and also
serves as its Asia Regional Director. He has a long multi-faceted background covering IT, Supply
Chain and international large scale program management, and was formerly HP's WW Program
Director of RFID, having spent 22 years in the HP, Compaq and DEC components of HP.
He originates from the UK, but left 18 years ago to gain international experience from living and
working in France, Switzerland, Holland, Germany and the USA, and specializes in taking on
complex start up situations where the rules have yet to be written and in troubleshooting Supply
Chains. He has written various papers on change management within large corporations and
consulted for many companies in this respect.
Ian's background in supply chain troubleshooting positioned him well to create the HP RFID
program from scratch and drive it's implementation into HP's supply chain in 28 sites all over the
globe, but particularly in Asia, where he also initiated trials and negotiations with many
governments for the allocation of RFID frequencies and operating parameters. He has worked
extensively across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.
His pioneering work in RFID included collaboration with Professor Sanjay Sarma from MIT on the
concept of using RFID for Electronic Proof Of Delivery and the use of analytics derived from EPC
event data to predict supply chain events and reduce the effort and time required to reconcile
receiving discrepancies between trading partners. He also promoted the adoption of pallet
association and aggregation techniques from the electronics industry by FMCG industries to
overcome the limitations of reading tags through difficult materials.
In November 2005 he took up the roles of Global Industry Development Director and of Asia
Pacific Regional Director for EPCglobal. In his Asia Pacific role he has consulted on RFID
applications and regulations for many governments and major industries. He is a graduate of the
International Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, France and a Charter Member of The
British Computer Society.
Director, Global Industry Development, EPCglobal Inc