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our team

tna‘s strength lies in our teamwork – every one of us works together to serve our customers to the highest possible standards. Our professional attitudes and dedication to teamwork enables us to deliver the solutions our customers need.

This commitment to the customer is the core belief that drives everyone at tna, from our management team through to every single one of our valued team members all over the world.

Below, meet the members of our executive team…

Alf Taylor - Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Alf Taylor - Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Alf Taylor, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of tna, has nearly 40 years experience in the food packaging industry.A graduate of Mechanical Engineering at University of New South Wales, Alf joined Arnotts Biscuits as a packaging Engineer in 1976. By 1980, aged just 29, he was managing the entire Arnotts Snack Foods manufacturing site in Smithfield, NSW.In 1982 Alf set up tna as consulting engineers to the food packaging industry.

In 1983, frustrated by the complex, slow and inefficient bag-making machines then used throughout the industry, he made the decision to go into equipment manufacture and set about developing a Vertical Form Fill and Seal (VFFS) system that would increase productivity and reduce waste for his clients. The first of these systems, the tna robag, redefined performance standards for VFFS systems, and quickly established tna as a global player in the packaging industry.

Today robag is the best-selling VFFS system in the world and tna now markets a wide range of products and services to provide integrated turn-key packaging and processing solutions to its valued customers around the globe.

Nadia Taylor - Director and Co-founder

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Nadia Taylor - Director and Co-founder

Nadia is the founder who encouraged and persisted with establishing the company, having started from her kitchen at home with a dream. With no tertiary education, but a determination to work hard and never give up, she was instrumental in developing the business globally. In 1992 she was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Nadia is active in the strategy and running of the business. Her role encompasses Public Relations, Business Development, building tna’s Global Customer Relationship, as well as the management of tna’s extensive philanthropic program.

Nadia’ s working life commenced working in an engineering based company followed by 10 years in the snack food industry prior to establishing tna.

Saxon Robinson - Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

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Saxon Robinson - Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Saxon leads tna’s global marketing endeavours. His professional journey began in sales within the telecommunications industry. Today, his international expertise of over 20 years, straddles both B2B and B2C marketing, across diverse industries including healthcare, consumer goods, construction and professional services including Head of Marketing roles at Kimberly-Clark Professional, Fletcher Building and Sherwin-Williams.

Saxon holds a Master of Business Administration Executive from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Marketing from the University of Wollongong.

Robert (Bob) Fritz - Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

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Robert (Bob) Fritz - Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

Bob Fritz has been a part of the tna team since 1989 and has over 30 years of experience in the industrial equipment and food and packaging industries, including roles at General Motors Holden, APD Snack Foods and running his own industrial design and service business.

Having started with tna in technical support, Bob was an early contributor to the development of tna and its products and has become an integral part of tna’s global executive team. Bob supports the company’s ambitious growth plans by focusing on the strategic development tna’s business plans, fostering key industry relationships and identifying new business opportunities.

Marianne Dsouza - Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO)

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Marianne Dsouza - Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO)

Marianne Dsouza is responsible for the planning, creation and implementation of all People & Culture strategies globally including providing operational and generalist human resource guidance, advice & support to our global teams. She has nearly 23 years of Human Resource Management experience, where she started off her career from an HR management trainee to a senior HR practitioner and now contributing to tna as a trusted HR business advisor.

Prior to joining tna, Marianne occupied various Human Resources positions within several global organisations and brings her diverse industry knowledge in having worked for companies like Axalta Coating Systems – Australia (Previous Dupont) , RS Components – Australia, Canon – Australia & HSBC – Middle East.

Marianne is a CAHRI from the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) & has a Master’s Degree in HR from Pune University, India.

Erwin Mulders - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Erwin Mulders - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Erwin is responsible for managing the day-to-day finance and IT operations for tna.

As part of his role, Erwin will ensure that consolidated financial reports are produced on a monthly basis and that any variations from the prior year are explained. In addition to his financial duties, he’s also tasked with setting up the right IT structure for tna globally, as we continue to grow and our needs continue to expand.

With more than 25 years of experience and a Masters in Business Economics, one of Erwin’s key strengths includes building and creating highly motivated teams and building reporting structures from scratch. He developed this strength as well as his other financial skills while working for big names like Price Waterhouse, Mattel Toys and Nutricia, before joining tna.

Pravin Singh - Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Pravin Singh - Chief Information Officer (CIO)

As part of the executive team, Pravin provides leadership and vision through digital business transformation within tna. His key responsibilities include the management of business processes, robotics, automation (AI), data warehousing, technical architecture and information systems within the organisation.

Pravin holds a doctorate in Business from the University of New South Wales, along with an MBA, Finance and IT degree. He began his technology career over 20 years ago and has since worked with a number of companies in various sectors, ranging from FMCG, IT, service, manufacturing and engineering. Pravin also has been very involved with private equity strategies on acquisitions/mergers for a variety of companies.

Peter Calopedis - Group Finance Manager

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Peter Calopedis - Group Finance Manager

Peter oversees and controls the financial planning and activities of tna, focusing on increased profitability through the efficient use of resources. Peter brings nearly 20 years of financial expertise across many industries, including foods and manufacturing.

Before joining tna, Peter served as both Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a group of trading companies specializing in food manufacturing, processing, and distribution. In these roles, he was instrumental in making company acquisitions and financial turnaround toward profitability.

Thiago Roriz - Group Operations Manager

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Thiago Roriz - Group Operations Manager

Thiago is entrusted with a pivotal role in tna’s business operations; driving excellence in the critical pillars of manufacturing and engineering. His leadership skills are honed towards achieving performance goals through project excellence, complementing sales commitments. His innovative approach is at the core of his leadership style that ensures high levels of service and customer satisfaction.

An Industrial Engineer by profession, Thiago’s career spans the construction and textile industry before he began his journey with tna in 2012 as a Junior Project Manager. This was followed by a stint in Brazil, where he helped expand the company’s Latin America operations. He later moved to Mexico to lend strength to tna’s growth as General Manager for the region.

Raj Singh - Group Aftermarket & Services Manager

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Raj Singh - Group Aftermarket & Services Manager

Raj leads tna’s aftermarket customer services globally, with a focus on boosting standards in customer care. He is at the forefront of tna’s commitment to provide world-class technical support and aftermarket care for our customers globally.

With over 20 years of experience in managing customer service and operations networks, Raj is a proven change leader and facilitator. Armed with Electrical Engineering and Business administration qualifications, Raj has proven success in the healthcare and food industries with business development, process management and systems implementation skills. Service excellence is at the core of his professional philosophy that is committed to ensuring ‘Customers for life’.

 

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