Thomas started his finance career with GE 21 years ago. After 2-year Finance Management Program graduation, he joined GE Plastics and has held finance positions of increasing responsibilities including financial planning & analysis, commercial finance for Greater China and controller for Pacific, before he assumed Greater China CFO role from April 2007. The Plastics business was sold to SABIC in September 2007 and he spent 6 years with SABIC, first to transform the business to standalone operation, then helped with shared financial service operation setup in Asia Pacific. His last role with SABIC was Asia Pacific finance director as business partner to VP of Asia Pacific for 3 years. He rejoined GE as Asia Lighting CFO in June 2013 to lead the business transformation from traditional lighting to LED project business. In October 2015, he moved to the role of Finance Asia GM for Global Operations, the captive multi-functional shared services organization for GE. Leading a team of 400, he was responsible for finance shared services strategy and operations partnering with all GE businesses to deliver quality services, drive productivity through simplification and standardization in 17 countries across Asia Pacific.
In September 2017, Thomas joined Shangri-La Group as Vice President – Group Finance Shared Services. He is leading the finance transformation to shared services model from scratch, with objectives of driving synergies across hotels, increasing efficiency & effectiveness of finance processes, and enhancing controllership, accounting quality and corporate governance. The China finance shared services centre is located in Wuhan and is a team of 80 (and growing), to gradually migrate finance works from hotels, driving standardization, simplification and digitalization.
Thomas graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor degree in business administration and has passed the AICPA exam early in his career. He is an FCPA (Australia). He and his family has been in Shanghai for almost 15 years and he is now in Hong Kong.