Tarkett SAS (Tarkett) has appointed Thomas Ahrens as executive vice president of operations of the company. In this new role, Thomas Ahrens will oversee the company's manufacturing, quality, supply chain, purchasing as well as research and development and all aspects of industrial health, safety and environment. Most recently, he was vice president operations of Atoech, a electroplating division of Total S.A. (Total).

Before joining Tarkett, Thomas held various management positions within the Total Group where he spent almost 16 years. At Total, he was responsible for 16 production plants, purchasing, technical services, supply chain management, chemical services and materials science as well as health, safety, environment and quality management.

Thomas has a chemical engineering degree from Hamburg University, Germany and an MBA from Bradford University, UK.

We are delighted to welcome Thomas’ experience and expertise which will help Tarkett in optimizing operations and accelerating our programme of excellence, said Michel Giannuzzi, Tarkett chief executive officer.