Our Leadership

Thomas Global has a long history of leadership in our industry. The high quality of the directors, officers and employees of Thomas Global is one of the company’s greatest strengths.

Advisory Board

William Hutchinson, Chairman

Since joining Thomas Global Systems in 1986, William Hutchinson has been instrumental in the transformation of Thomas Global Systems into an international leader in display technology and electronic systems solutions for commercial and defense markets.

Prior to joining Thomas Global, Mr. Hutchinson spent 12 years in a variety of process industry roles, predominantly with Exxon Corporation following his graduation in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Mr. Hutchinson is a member of the National Executives of the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the AiGroup Defence Council and a Director of the Export Council of Australia. He is the Chairman of the NSW Government’s Defence Innovation Network (DIN). He received an Export Heroes Award from the Australia Institute of Export for achievements in developing Australian export business.

John Cary

John Cary is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the banking and finance industry.  Mr. Cary has over 35 years experience specializing in business and taxation, mergers and acquisitions, succession, and estate planning.

Mr. Cary has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.

Merv Davis AM

Merv Davis AM has over 30 years’ experience serving in the defense industry and in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Mr. Davis is the former CEO of CEA Technologies, a world-leading radar and communication systems supplier.

Mr. Davis commenced his career in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a specialist Combat Systems Engineer, later becoming the Combat Systems Manager within the ANZAC Ship Project and subsequently as the Project Director for the Minehunter Coastal Project. Mr. Davis’ defense experience also includes having a leading role in evaluating the Defence Reform Program, as well as managing the Australian Defence Forces IT and Communications Network.

After leaving the RAN in 2003, Mr. Davis was employed as the Managing Director of Saab Systems, and subsequently appointed the Vice President of Saab’s global Naval operations in the Saab Systems Business Unit.

In 2008, Mr. Davis was made Director, Maritime at BAE Systems Australia. He has also been a consultant for the Department of Defence, undertaking a range of major Project Gate Reviews as an independent external Gate Review Board Member.

Mr. Davis served as the Chief Executive Officer of CEA Technologies until retiring in January 2019.

Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) Degree, as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies and a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors. His core expertise lies in operational management and strategy and business development. Mr. Davis was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2001.

Brad Foreman

Brad Foreman is CEO of GDC Technics, LLC, an international aerospace modifications and MRO business based in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining GDC, Mr. Foreman was the Vice President of Business Development for Thales USA, Inc. and Thales USA Defense & Security, Inc. responsible for Thales’ commercial and defense business development and strategic growth activities in the United States. Mr. Foreman was previously employed at the Boeing Company’s Commercial Aircraft business in Long Beach, California, in varying capacities, rising to become the Director of the B717 Program office.

Mr. Foreman has an extensive military background. He was designated a Naval Aviator in June of 1983 and accumulated over 1,000 hours of flight time in aircraft such as the A-4M “Skyhawk”. Mr. Foreman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. In addition, Mr. Foreman graduated from the Command and Staff College and the Amphibious Warfare School while in the USMC.

Kars Meyboom

Kars Meyboom has spent most of his professional life in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, holding senior management positions across the world with Heineken and the global Coffee & Tea Division of Sara Lee Corporation. In 1997, Mr. Meyboom relocated to Australia, as CEO of the Coffee and Bakery activities of Sara Lee Corporation in Australasia and subsequently in Asia Pacific.

In 2006, Mr. Meyboom joined Huhtamaki Oy to manage and restructure its Australasian packaging businesses. Following his retirement from executive roles in 2010, Mr. Meyboom is active as a non-executive director of private and family-owned companies in a wide range of industries.

Mr. Meyboom was educated in the Netherlands (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, MBA 1979).

Management Committee

Angus Hutchinson - CEO

Angus Hutchinson joined Thomas Global Systems in 2011 as Vice President, Commercial focusing on the group’s commercial aerospace and business development activities. He was appointed CEO in 2014.

Prior to joining Thomas Global Systems, Angus worked as a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Rothschild Group in Sydney and Washington, D.C., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and project finance transactions in the natural resources sector.  Angus holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Angus is member of the Advisory Board of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and a member of the Australian Industry Group’s NSW Advisory Council.

David Barnes - President & COO

As President and COO, David Barnes has responsibility for the company’s commercial avionics and US defense businesses, together with group operations. David is responsible for leading business development, products, and services innovation, whilst ensuring flawless execution and customer satisfaction.

David joined Thomas Global in 2014 after a 15-year career with UTC Aerospace and predecessor companies Lucas Aerospace and TRW.

Andrew Hutchinson - SVP, Engineering & Programs and Managing Director, Defence Australia

Andrew Hutchinson is Senior Vice President of Engineering & Programs and Managing Director, Defence Australia.

Andrew joined Thomas Global Systems in 2010 as Project Manager responsible for the execution of key projects including the Australian Army’s ASLAV Crew Procedural Trainer program, TFD-7000 EFIS/EICAS display development for Delta Air Lines, Inc., the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class Submarine ISCMMS remediation project and the Boxer CRV Training System project for Rheinmetall Defence.

In 2014, Andrew relocated to the company’s Irvine, California, facility with responsibility for operations, product development, and US defense business development. Andrew returned to Sydney in 2019 and now has responsibility for the company’s Australian defence business unit as well as group program management and engineering.

Prior to joining Thomas Global, Andrew held engineering roles with Ericsson, Alfa Romeo, and Alstom.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Sydney.

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