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 for Shell, 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 – 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 Ilmor, Rob was head-hunted in May 2010 to join the fledgling Silver Arrows team as Chief Operating Officer. 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 hat-trick of titles, winning the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.

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 and 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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