Marc Thomas Marc Thomas is a former Chairman, President & CEO of GE Aviation Materials, LP and has held numerous senior leadership and board positions within GE and other business entities. With over twenty-five years of crisis management, operations and manufacturing experience in supply chain, consumer products, mergers & acquisitions, and transportation, Marc has primarily served as a turnarounds / growth leader. While at GE, he was instrumental in generating almost $500 million in revenues / savings and won the coveted GE Latimer Award for Leadership and Lean Six Sigma Excellence. Prior to joining GE, Marc was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Houston office focusing on the energy, consumer products, and telecommunication industries. Additionally, he spent over 10 years in the U.S. Army serving initially as a Special Forces Operational Detachment (“A” Team) Commander in Africa and the Middle East, and finally as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management, Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY where he functioned as both course director and leader of the Department’s “Hot Brief” Team created to provide visiting members of Congress and other dignitaries with relevant information on the Academy.
In 1994, Marc was appointed by President Bill Clinton (D-AR) as a White House Fellow and subsequently chosen by Vice President Al Gore (D-TN) as Special Advisor for National Security Affairs. While in the White House, Marc’s portfolio included but was not limited to the Global Environment, U.N. Peace Keeping, Counter-Terrorism, Refugee Affairs, and International Business Development. Serving as Executive Director of the U.S. – South Africa Bi-National Committee, Marc was instrumental in facilitating the work of inter-government agencies, domestic and international development organizations to strengthen South Africa’s economy. After the White House, Marc was selected as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID) with emphasis on the National Environment, U.S. Armed Services, Public Works, and Domestic Policy matters.
Marc recently sold his interest in Thorium Capital Ventures & Consulting, LLC where he served as President & CEO advising / managing portfolio companies particular in the manufacturing and service industries. He holds a BS in Civil / Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, MS in Industrial Engineering / Operations Research from Columbia University, MBA in Finance / Management Consulting from Columbia University, and JD in Corporate / Intellectual Property Law from the University of Texas at Austin. Marc possesses years of experience in identifying risks, building dynamic teams, preparing contingency and recovery plans, and managing resources during crises.