Chairman of the ZigBee Alliance; General Manager of Research and Development at The Kroger Co.
John E. Osborne II is the chairman of the board of the ZigBee Alliance and general manager of research and development at The Kroger Co. Previously, he held positions within Kroger as senior manager of information systems and technical manager of the Kroger manufacturing division. He has been the vice chairman, treasurer and chairman of the retail services technical work groups for ZigBee. He also worked for Star Bank and Champion International Paper, and as a consultant for both General Electric Aircraft Engines and Westinghouse. His expertise is in computer sciences combined with business management, negotiation and purchasing disciplines. He has been responsible for several enterprise-wide operational and technical projects with capital and annual budgets worth millions of dollars. He also has a number of patents and patents pending. Currently, he is a member of advisory boards for the Ohio University School of Communications and the University of Cincinnati School of Computer Science.