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John Blake

Sr Director Analyst

John Blake is a Senior Research Director in the Consumer Retail team. John covers packaging, artwork and labeling in Gartner Supply Chain Research. He specializes in consumer and industrial packaging innovation and development process, packaging trends, packaging organization and talent management, packaging strategy across sustainability and e-commerce, IP, growth and cost optimization. He covers specification data management, label and artwork management vendors and best practices.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner in 2018, Mr. Blake was held leadership roles in Mondelez International's global packaging organization where he was the Packaging Productivity Platform Lead and Associate Director Packaging for the Global Biscuit category. His career spans 25 years in many roles across packaging development from project execution to packaging strategic leadership in the food and consumer packaged goods sectors. He has extensive global experience in team and project management, packaging organizational structures, establishing packaging strategic plans, leading long-term research programs, and managing the successful launch of new and innovative packaging and new product introductions.

Professional background

Mondelez International

Packaging Productivity Platform Lead/Associate Director Global Biscuit Packaging

Kraft Foods

Section Manager Packaging Research and Development

United Parcel Service

Account Executive/Packaging Lab Supervisor

Areas of coverage

Supply Chain Technology Strategy and Selection

Executive Leadership: Strategic Cost Optimization

Sourcing and Procurement

Supply Chain Leadership

Executive Leadership: Sustainability


Masters of Business Administration, Sacred Heart University

Bachelor of Science, Packaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Packaging Organization, Development and Commercialization

2Sustainable Packaging Strategy and Implementation

3Packaging Legislation Compliance and Reporting (Taxes, EPR)

4Specification Data Management and Artwork & Labeling Software Solutions

5Packaging Cost Savings and Sourcing Strategies