Raleigh, NC (Vocus/PRWEB) January 04, 2011
Michael Zakkour, an expert in strategic market planning and sourcing, has joined Tompkins Associates as a principal through its Asian and European division, Tompkins International, and its subsidiary in China, Technomic Asia.
Zakkour is the former Managing Director of ChinaBright Star LLC and was Vice President of Beijing-Gongmei, a manufacturing conglomerate in China. He has provided strategic and sourcing advice to more than 100 multinational firms.
Jim Tompkins, President and CEO of Tompkins Associates, notes that Zakkour will be a valuable resource for clients looking to expand into Asia. “Having lived and worked in China for more than a decade, Michael has in-depth expertise in US-China political and trade relations, manufacturing, sourcing and supply chain management, China distribution logistics, and sustainable growth initiatives in China,” Tompkins says.
Steve Ganster, Technomic Asia’s Managing Director, cites a steady increase in projects and interest in China from foreign firms in the past year. “Expanding Technomic Asia’s ability to address growing interest from businesses considering China markets, tending to ongoing service for existing clients, and providing our perspectives on the Pacific Asia region to media covering China business issues will be among Mr. Zakkour’s responsibilities,” Ganster says.
Zakkour was recently featured as a speaker at: the New York Bar Association’s Asian Affairs Committee; Thompson-Reuters’ annual China Conference; Columbia Business School; and the Wharton School of Business China Conference. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of the Asian Financial Society and is Lecturer in Residence at The China Institute in New York City.
In his new role, Zakkour will also contribute to the China Business Podcast and Blog at http://www.technomicasia.com/blog, along with Tompkins’ Global Supply Chain Podcast. His current post highlights the latest five-year economic plan from Beijing which takes effect this year.
About Tompkins International
Tompkins International transforms supply chains for profitable growth. For more than 35 years, Tompkins has evolved with the marketplace to become the leading provider of growth and business strategy, global supply chain services, distribution operations consulting, information technology implementation, material handling integration, and benchmarking and best practices. The company is known for innovative, practical solutions that improve supply chain performance and produce value-based results. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Tompkins has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. Visit http://www.tompkinsinc.com.
About Technomic Asia
Technomic Asia, the Asian arm of Tompkins International, is a strategic consultancy with more than 25 years of experience helping clients plan and execute Asian growth strategies. Technomic Asia assists companies in entering the Asian market or in expanding their business by providing critical market insight, an understanding of business potential, and assistance in designing the optimum strategy for success including M&A. Visit http://www.technomicasia.com/
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