TAPA takes next step in evolution with advisory board

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The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) establishes a new Advisory Board in its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. The aim is to spearhead the association’s transformation into an “end-to-end supply chain resilience organisation”, led by president & CEO, Thorsten Neumann.

The four Advisory Board members are:

  • Gilad Solnik, director Security & Loss Prevention, EMEA, Amazon;
  • Michael Schmidt, chief security officer, Volkswagen;
  • Frank Ewald, head of Corporate Security & Crisis Management, Deutsche Post DHL Group;
  • Paul Linders, global head of security, CEVA Logistics.

TAPA advisory board

Under its new organisational structure, TAPA EMEA will also retain elected officers in the roles of chair, vice-chair, and treasurer, namely Marcel Saarloos of HP, Jason Breakwell of Wallenborn Transports, and Ap Boom of Amazon, respectively.

“COVID-19 has placed more emphasis on supply chain resilience than ever before, and that’s why we are achieving record growth – but we plan to deliver much more,” says Thorsten Neumann.

“Our new structure retains the outstanding stewardship we have enjoyed from our officers in recent years and now also injects the knowledge and expertise of highly experienced and respected chief security officers representing some of the world’s biggest brands to inspire, sense-check and spearhead our growth strategy and digital transformation.

Thorsten Neumann TAPA
Thorsten Neumann

“The willingness of Gilad, Michael, Frank, and Paul to join our new Advisory Board in EMEA reflects their personal commitments to achieving the very highest levels of supply chain security and resilience and promises significant benefits for our members as we move forward. We are proud to have executives of their calibre helping to shape our future.”

TAPA was founded in 1997 to help manufacturers and logistics service providers minimise losses from their supply chains. In June 2019, the appointment of Thorsten Neumann as TAPA EMEA’s first full-time president & CEO, after his previous 13 years as chairman, heralded the association’s plans to shift from being managed solely by volunteers to a new professionally-led structure. It also signalled its intention to focus on all aspects of supply chain resilience to maximise the value of membership.

In the EMEA region, TAPA is now reporting all-time highs for the number of member companies, incident data and intelligence reports, and certifications for its Security Standards for facilities, trucking and secure parking.

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