Thomas joined Brunswick in 2005 as a Partner in Paris. He has experience of both journalism and corporate communications at a listed company. Thomas worked at the International Herald Tribune from 1978 to 1982 and then joined The Wall Street Journal, where his career spanned 18 years. After being part of the team that founded the European edition in Brussels, he moved to Paris as a correspondent, and then became chief South American correspondent, based in Rio de Janeiro. He later spent time in South Africa and as Bureau chief for Southern Europe from 1994 to 2000. From 2000 to 2005, Thomas worked at PPR (now Kering), the French luxury and retail group, where he was Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
An American national with a BA in History from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Thomas is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Thomas has worked on a number of cross-border transactions, such as Carrefour’s sale of a 10% stake in its Brazilian operations to Abilio Diniz, Itaú Unibanco’s merger with Corpbanca or L’Oréal’s acquisition of The Body Shop.
After a wrenching battle and a last-ditch attempt to derail the whole process, Brazil has removed President Dilma Rousseff and is set to install Michel Temer in her place. Now comes the hard part: getting the country back on track.
By Thomas Kamm
12 January 2016