Ian Thomas was named President of Boeing Australia & South Pacific in March 2009. As the senior Boeing executive in the region, he is responsible for coordinating all Boeing activities and leads the Company’s government affairs efforts. Previously, Thomas was president of Boeing India, having been appointed to that position in January 2007. Thomas reports to Shep Hill, president of Boeing International. Prior to his India assignment, Thomas served as vice president, Europe, for Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems. From 2002 to 2005, Thomas served as vice president, Business Development, leading Boeing’s defence activities in the United Kingdom. Previously, he served as director of International Policy for Boeing’s Military Aircraft and Missile Systems division in St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas joined The Boeing Company in 2001.
From 1997 to 2001, Thomas served in a variety of staff and policy roles in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Prior to those assignments, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and, for a brief period, with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, in Brunei, Borneo. During his time in the UK, Thomas served on the Executive Council of the Royal United Services Institute and on the Aerospace Advisory Board at the University of Cranfield. He is a Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In Australia, Thomas serves as a member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce, as President of the American Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director of the American-Australian Fulbright Commission. Thomas holds a master’s degree in international relations and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, a graduate degree in social sciences from the University of Stockholm, and a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in history from Amherst College. He also studied art history and Italian at Syracuse University, in Florence, Italy.