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.
William Hutchinson, Chairman
Since joining Thomas 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, 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 is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the banking and finance industry. Currently Director at Bray & Associates, Mr Cary has over 35 years experience specialising in business and taxation, business and sales 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 defence 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’ defence 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.
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. Prior to joining Thales in October of 1999, Mr Foreman was 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 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).
Angus Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer
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 a member of the Australian Industry Group’s NSW Advisory Council, a national director of the Australian Industry & Defence Network and an Advisory Board Member of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.
David Barnes, Chief Operating Officer
David Barnes is Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Management Committee.
David joined Thomas Global Systems in 2014, after a 15-year career with UTC Aerospace and predecessor companies Lucas Aerospace and TRW.
Based in Irvine, California, David is responsible for the company’s operations group in the United States and Australia.
Andrew Hutchinson, Vice President, Programs
Andrew Hutchinson is Vice President of Programs and a member of the Management Committee.
Andrew joined Thomas Global Systems in 2010 as Project Manager responsible for the execution of key projects including the Australian Army’s ALSAV Crew Procedural Trainer program, Saab 340 TFD-8601 EFIS Display development and the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class Submarine ISCMMS remediation project.
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 with overall group responsibility for product development and engineering.
Prior to joining Thomas Global Systems, Andrew held engineering roles with Ericsson, Alfa Romeo and Alstom. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Sydney.