The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has appointed Thorsten Neumann as its first full-time president and CEO with a remit to grow its reputation as the world’s leading end-to-end supply chain resilience association and to deliver more risk management solutions for TAPA’s rapidly growing membership of manufacturers, logistics service providers and other supply chain security stakeholders.
Neumann has served in a voluntary capacity as chairman of TAPA’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region since 2006, alongside his responsibilities as, most recently, director APS channel security and business resilience at Microsoft Corporation. Over the last 13 years, he has been part of a TAPA EMEA leadership team which has delivered unprecedented growth and benefits for the Association’s more than 410 member companies and partners in EMEA.
A civil expert in the NATO Transport Group, Neumann began his global supply chain security career with Motorola Mobility in 1998, before joining Nokia in 2008 and ultimately holding the post of director devices and retail supply chain security/business resilience. In 2015, he joined Microsoft, holding senior director posts in Europe and the United States.
The board of directors’ decision to appoint a full-time president and CEO follows an 18-month consultative period during which the association, with the help of independent advisors, considered the most effective steps to take TAPA EMEA to the next level.
Jason Breakwell, vice chair of TAPA EMEA, said: “TAPA celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017 and this milestone presented an opportunity to look at what we had achieved to support our members’ supply chain security and, more importantly, to think about the future. Every fast-growing industry association which relies heavily on the time and support of volunteers ultimately reaches a point where they must recognise that this alone is not sustainable.
“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.”
To register for the TAPA 2019 conference at Emperors Palace in July 2019, visit www.securitysa.com/ex/TAPA/index.html
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