The Center for Sustainability announces the hiring of Thomas Tangaro as director of Partnerships and Collaboration. Tangaro served Anheuser-Busch/InBev for more than thirty years, most recently as head of Global Hop and Enzyme Procurement, and developed and implemented strategies supporting company-wide best practices, supplier partnerships and direct-grower/vertical integration programs.
Prior to the Anheuser-Busch/InBev merger, Tangaro was senior director of Hedging and Commodity Purchasing where he was responsible for purchasing many of the raw materials used in the brewing process and running the hedge center for all agricultural commodities used to brew A-B beers. He also served as vice president for Busch Agricultural Resources Inc. with administrative, financial, and operational oversight of the wholly-owned agricultural operating subsidiary.
"Through his years of leadership and supply chain management with one of the world's largest consumer products companies, Tom has developed an in-depth understanding of sustainable business practices that deliver triple bottom-line results, balancing economic, environmental and social outcomes for A-B. He also comes to SLU with a strong network of potential partners for the Center within the region, as well as globally," said
Tim Keane, executive director for the Center.
According to Tangaro, forward-thinking companies are already embracing the very principles that the Center for Sustainability is trying to embed in firms large and small through its various educational and outreach programs.
"Most of the organizations I was dealing with around the world recognize the importance of sustainability. I am excited about all of the possibilities we have in bringing the resources of the Center to these companies and forming new partnerships to take sustainability to the next level," Tangaro said.
The first initiative launched by Tangaro was the Center's "REAL Partners" program. "REAL" stands for Reality-based, Efficient, Action Learning. The Center accepted applications from potential REAL partners who were looking for expertise from graduate students to solve "real world" sustainability challenges that the organization faced in the marketplace.
Some of the REAL Partner collaborations have included projects with Antea Group, BioMerieux, the City of St. Louis and Great River Greenways. Tangaro also created the Center's innovative Sustainability Leadership Program which fosters research and teaching partnerships among academics, sustainability practitioners and thought leaders across various sectors.
Tangaro is a native of St. Louis and holds both a bachelor's degree in finance from Saint Louis University, where he attended on a soccer scholarship, and a master's degree in business administration from the University's John Cook School of Business. He and his wife, Lori, along with their two sons, Drew and Mike, live in St. Louis.