Until 2008, Thomas was a partner at Permira – heading its chemicals sector and supporting Permira´s growth outside Europe.
He is the Managing Director of the Soros Economic Development Fund and also chairman of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the global market leader in dental equipment quoted on Nasdaq. Among his philanthropic duties, he is on the investment committee of the Social Venture Fund, Munich and on the advisory councils of Ashoka Germany and SAIS Europe (Johns Hopkins University). Before Permira, Thomas worked for 10 years for McKinsey (Germany and Brazil) and for JP Morgan (Germany and US).
Thomas holds a PhD in economics and an MBA from University Saarbruecken, Germany.