Chair of the Board, IPG
Former Chairman and CEO, IMS Health
Mr. Thomas is the former Chairman and CEO of IMS Health, the global leader in information and consulting solutions for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from November 2000 to January 2005. He was Executive Chairman from January 2005 through March 2006.
Before joining IMS, Mr. Thomas was Senior Vice President and Group Executive at IBM, responsible for its global Personal Systems Group, and served as a member of IBM’s Corporate Executive Committee, overseeing all of IBM’s worldwide business operations. From 1996 to 1998, he was General Manager, IBM Global Industries, responsible for sales and support of IBM’s top enterprise customers worldwide. Prior to 1996, Mr. Thomas held progressively responsible executive positions at IBM, including General Manager, North America; General Manager, Asia Pacific; General Manager, AS/400 Division; President, National Distribution Division. He joined IBM in 1972 as a Marketing Representative.
Mr. Thomas holds an M.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida. He received the University of Florida’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 1996.
Mr. Thomas serves on the Boards of Directors of Fortune Brands and on the Board of Trustees of Fidelity Investments.
Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Board of Directors of Interpublic Group since 2004.