Rob Thomas is Chief Operating Officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
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 working for the Dutch oil and gas company 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 Drivers’ Championship title.