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David Tapper

Senior Partner & Managing Director


Dave Tapper is a core member of the Boston Consulting Group's Industrial Goods and Operations practices in Australia and New Zealand.

Since joining BCG in 1997, David has worked with clients in industrial goods, resources, agribusiness (dairy), and infrastructure to execute major strategy, performance improvement, and change programs. He has extensive experience in organization and operational effectiveness, including projects related to postmerger integration, role of the center reviews, development of innovation processes, global organization redesign, and asset productivity.

David’s client engagements have included designing and implementing a number of turnaround and transformation programs, conducting portfolio reviews, and formulating strategy around business model design and growth pathways. He has also advised energy clients on industry reform options and the potential impact of deregulation for the New Zealand electricity industry.

David is a director and trustee of the Committee for Auckland. Before joining BCG, he worked for a New Zealand-based consulting firm that specialized in redesigning business operating models and processes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Process industries and building materials
  • Engineered products and infrastructure
  • Lean and manufacturing
  • Energy and environment
  • Postmerger integration
  • Transformation


  • MBA, Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of commerce, management, University of Otago
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