TAPA appoints Thorsten Neumann as its first-ever full-time president & CEO
The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has appointed Thorsten Neumann as its first-ever full-time president & CEO with a remit to grow its reputation as the world’s leading end-to-end supply chain resilience association.
Thorsten has served in a voluntary capacity as chairman of TAPA’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region since 2006, alongside his responsibilities as, most recently, director APS Channel Security & 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.
The Board of Directors’ decision to appoint a full-time president & 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.
“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,” said Jason Breakwell, vice chair of TAPA EMEA.
“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,” he added. “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.”
In the EMEA region, TAPA’s membership, industry standards certifications and incident intelligence are at their highest level in the Association’s 22-year history as more Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers increase their focus on supply chain resilience to avoid becoming victims of the annual multi-billion Euro threat to goods being stored and transported.
Today, the Association’s members include global brand names in industries including the technology, pharmaceutical, automotive, clothing and footwear, cosmetics and hygiene, food and drink, furniture and household appliances and metal sectors as well as their logistics partners. TAPA is also actively engaged with law enforcement agencies across EMEA, Europol, INTERPOL, the European Commission and other regulatory bodies.
Thorsten Neumann takes up his role of President & CEO of TAPA EMEA on 1 June 2019.