Thomas is the Managing Director of China for Refinitiv (formed by the sale of the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters to Blackstone and other investors). Prior to that, Thomas oversaw all Thomson Reuters businesses in China, providing software, workflow solutions, content, analytics and insight across the Financial & Risk, Legal and Tax & Accounting customer segments. As a general manager, Thomas believes that enabling and empowering people to be their best is the most effective way to drive business growth.
Previously, Thomas was both the Chief Compliance Officer for Thomson Reuters as well as the General Counsel of its emerging-markets business. As the company’s CCO, Thomas built and led an enterprise-wide compliance program globally across all of Thomson Reuters businesses, including with regards to anti-bribery, data privacy, business ethics, and trade control issues.
In addition, as a General Counsel, Thomas oversaw, established and led a diverse global legal department that supports all Thomson Reuters businesses in emerging-market countries spanning Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, as well as Thomson Reuters operational centers around the world.
In his nineteen years with the company, Thomas has held a number of legal, compliance and public policy executive roles in the United States and in Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Thomas was in private practice in San Francisco with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Throughout his career, Thomas also has been involved in diversity initiatives, having helped launch a reverse mentoring program, a global diversity advisory council and the ASCEND Corporate Executive Initiative to aid Asian Pacific Americans rise to the C-suite.
Previously, Thomas was named one of the “Best Lawyers under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Thomas obtained undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University, where he co-founded AP Magazine, a magazine for Asian Pacific Americans, served as Co-President of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association and helped pay for his schooling by working as a DJ. Thomas enjoys spending time and travelling with his wife Erica Kuo, who is a patent lawyer, and his daughter Noelani, who is a global adventurer. He also enjoys writing and has had a travel story published by Reuters.