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Phil Courtenay

Operating Partner

As part of the TAU team, Phil will focus on evaluating and assisting portfolio companies with a wide array of growth opportunities ranging from manufacturing efficiency and capabilities, to enhanced marketing and brand relationships.

Prior to TAU, Phil was the SVP of Apparel Sourcing for the Adidas Group. Based in Hong Kong, he managed global sourcing operations for Adidas, Reebok, and TaylorMade brands, where he implemented standard minute costing and planning across the global supply chain, enabling improved factory efficiency, production accuracy, and waste elimination. He also implemented automation, robotics, and other new technologies to enhance efficiency and improve product quality.

Before that, Phil was VP of Development for Adidas, where he implemented fast and lean development, halving the time from concept to market. At Adidas, Phil worked closely with several external organizations, such as the Better Cotton Initiative, Dycoo (waterless dyeing), Parley for the Oceans, and others to ensure that Adidas maintained its leadership position in sustainability in the apparel industry.

Before joining Adidas in 2002, Phil was based in China as Managing Director of a medium-sized manufacturing company with operations in China and Laos focused on supplying sportswear and fashion brands in Europe and the US. Prior to 2000 Phil worked firstly with Marks & Spencer and then within their supply chain at Dewhirst group and Courtaulds. During his period as a Marks & Spencer supplier Phil focused largely on developing new supply bases in Morocco, Indonesia, and China, producing high quality apparel with a strong focus on building world-class manufacturing capabilities aligned with employment best practices. Phil has also worked closely with the University of Westminster to develop the first merchandising degree course at the London College of Fashion on digital product development.

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