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Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Chief Operating Officer of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Rob’s automotive career started at just 16 years old, when he left school to start an apprenticeship with Jaguar Cars. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Coventry University and at 22 was already working for Dutch oil and gas giant Shell as a Drilling Engineer.

After five years spent working on oil rigs, Rob returned to dry land and joined Rover-BMW as a Project Manager. In 1998, he made the move to TRW Aeronautical Systems Group as Operations and Project Manager before, four years later, being appointed Vice President Lean Enterprise at GKN Aerospace Services, focusing on operational improvement.

Rob’s motorsport career kicked off in 2005 when he joined Mercedes-Ilmor. Working with Ola Källenius and Andy Cowell, Rob played a key operational role as the organisation successfully morphed into Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines (Now Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains), including powering Lewis Hamilton to the 2008 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship title.

Recognised for his role at Mercedes HPE, Rob was head-hunted in May 2010 to join the fledgling Mercedes team as Chief Operating Officer. Describing his role in layman’s terms, Rob says it’s “to make sure we manufacture, build and test a car that will be capable of winning races and championships”.

Crucial in pulling the team together operationally as it rapidly expanded in the early Mercedes years, Rob’s work was eventually richly rewarded, as the team claimed a historic four titles, winning the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.

What makes working at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport special for Rob? “A level of teamwork that is unparalleled anywhere else.”

Chief Operating Officer

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 3 October 1968
Place of Birth: Coventry, England

Career History

2010 Chief Operating Officer, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
2005 Operations & Quality Director, Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines
2002 Vice President, Lean Enterprise – GKN Aerospace Services
1998 Operations & Project Manager – TRW Aeronautical Systems Group

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