TMX taps Tristan Butt as chief operating officer for APAC

23 May 2024 2 min. read
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International supply chain advisory TMX Transform has tapped former KPMG partner Tristan Butt as its new chief operating officer for the Asia Pacific region.

Described as ‘hand-picked’ by TMX co-founder and CEO Travis Erridge, Butt crosses to the firm after the past eighteen months at KPMG in Sydney, before which he served as an external advisor with Bain & Company.

His appointment comes as the Melbourne-based consultancy continues its expansion into Europe and North America, having last year launched an office in London followed by a series of senior appointments in the US.

TMX taps Tristan Butt as chief operating officer for APAC

“Our clients are facing tough economic conditions, increased cost of capital, labour shortages, too much inventory and end-to-end visibility challenges, which has fuelled the expansion of our business worldwide,” Erridge explained. “This global expansion meant we needed a COO who could execute at the highest level against significant complexities and requirements.”

TMX prides itself on bringing in experienced former client-side practitioners, and Butt certainly fits that bill, having spent time in a variety of sales and account management roles at L’Oréal, Unilever, Amazon, and Mars in the UK prior to joining Woolworths as head of trade in 2014.

Later heading up eCommerce merchandising for WooliesX, Butt in 2021 switched to the consulting industry.

Following a period as an external advisor with Bain & Company, he then joined the customer & operations partnership at KPMG, where in his capacity leading the firm’s A/NZ retail sector consulting business he supported big-name clients across FMCG, omnichannel, and eCommerce on operations, growth, data & analytics, and transformations among other areas, including supply chain.

“Supply chains now demand immediate attention and are the focus in boardrooms worldwide,” Butt stated, adding that TMX’s end-to-end offering was unrivalled. “I’m looking forward to working alongside our industry talent to deliver best-in-class solutions for our clients as well as supporting TMX’s growth, particularly when it comes to collaborating across international markets.”

The new recruit is TMX’s second raid on the Big Four in the past six months, after earlier poaching PwC’s inaugural chief supply chain officer Linda Venables. Speaking to Business News Australia last year, Erridge said TMX had grown by more than 350 percent since Covid-19, due to the massive logistics disruption and convergence of other factors impacting the industry.