Rob Thomas has over 30 years experience in the securities industry, having recently retired as Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Bank, Australia and New Zealand of Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited. In 1986, Rob joined County NatWest Securities Australia Limited to establish its stockbroking operations and was appointed Managing Director. This ultimately involved the acquisition of a small 30 person Sydney operation, JM Bowyer & Co., which was built up to 220 staff with operations in Melbourne, London, New York, Auckland, and Tokyo with a consistent No.1 Market Share rating in Australia during the 1990s. In April 1998, County NatWest Securities was taken over by Salomon Smith Barney and Mr Thomas was ultimately appointed Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand.
Rob is also Chairman of the Stockbrokers Association of Australia and a director of listed companies including HeartWare International, Inc., Virgin Blue Holdings Limited, REVA Medical, Inc. and Tower Australia.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University 1963-1966 and has been a member of the Securities Institute of Australia since 1976 and was appointed a Fellow to the Institute in 1997.