Thorsten Neumann appointed to full-time TAPA role

Thorsten Neumann, TAPA EMEA

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has named Thorsten Neumann as its first-ever full-time president and chief executive with effect from June 1, 2019.

Neumann has chaired TAPA’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region on a voluntary basis since 2006.

Jason Breakwell, vice chair of TAPA EMEA, said: “Our members – and especially those on our Board of Directors and participating in our Working Groups – have enabled us to achieve record-breaking growth and to deliver a unique choice of industry standards, incident intelligence, training and networking solutions which are increasing the resilience of supply chains across the globe.

“We have great expertise in our membership ranks but this is not a limitless resource because our volunteers have very responsible and demanding day jobs.

“This is why the appointment of a president and chief executive for TAPA EMEA is now so important because it gives us the consistency and stability of leadership we need,” Breakwell explained. “It heralds the next stage of our ambition to take supply chain resilience into the Boardrooms of even more industry leaders and for it to become embedded in their corporate strategies.”

Neumann observed: “With supply chain resilience and security at the heart of our TAPA 2020 strategy, we will most certainly continue to leverage the great knowledge, expertise and support of our members but now I have been given the opportunity to work even more proactively on behalf of our Board and members to accelerate our transformation to become the leading end-to-end supply chain industry association.

“With virtually every product moving in supply chains now at risk from crime, this is the right time for TAPA to show this ambition. Risks to supply chain security impact companies, consumers and national economies. We will continue to reduce these risks at an ever-faster rate,” Neumann added.

Breakwell also confirmed that Marcel Saarloos, EMEA supply chain security manager of HP – a founder member company of TAPA – will take over the chair of TAPA EMEA.

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