Ethical Leadership with Former U.S. Special Forces Commander Marc Thomas ’92
Ethical Leadership with Former U.S. Special Forces Commander
Marc Thomas '92
Monday, March 22, 2021
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET
Zoom link will be provided separately.
Please join us for a fireside chat with Marc Thomas ’92, Chief Government Affairs Officer at Wrap Technologies, Inc. and former U.S. Special Forces Commander, as moderated by Professor Kathryn Harrigan, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Business Leadership. The conversation will highlight the intersection between Thomas’ military service and ethical leadership style as well as his experiences with crisis management in the technologies sector.
This event, co-sponsored by the Military in Business Association and Student Leadership and Ethics Board, is part of the Phillips Pathway for Inclusive Leadership (PPIL) program, focusing on the DEI essential skills of communicating across identities and creating an inclusive environment. This event is made possible by the generous support of Robert S. Dow ’74 and Christina S. Dow.
About the Speaker:
Marc Thomas is Chief Government Affairs Officer for Wrap Technologies, Inc. [NASDAQ: WRTC] – an innovator in de-escalation devices and virtual reality training / education – and former Chairman, President & CEO of GE Aviation Materials. He held numerous senior leadership and board positions within GE and other business entities. With over 20 years of operations and manufacturing experience in supply chain, consumer products, mergers & acquisitions, and transportation, Marc has served primarily as a turnarounds and growth leader. While at GE, he was instrumental in generating over $500 million in revenues / savings in less than 5 years and won the coveted GE Latimer Award for Leadership and Lean Six Sigma Excellence. Prior to joining GE, Marc was an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company’s Houston office focusing on the energy, consumer products, and telecommunication industries. He spent over 10 years in the U.S. Army serving initially as a Special Forces Operational Detachment (“A” Team) Commander in Africa and the Middle East, and finally as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management, Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY (the “Academy”) where he functioned as both course director, and leader of the Department’s “Hot Brief” Team created to provide members of the U.S. Government and other dignitaries with relevant information on the Academy.
In 1994, Marc was appointed by President Bill Clinton (D-AR) as a White House Fellow and subsequently chosen by Vice President Al Gore (D-TN) as Special Advisor for National Security Affairs. While in the White House, Marc’s portfolio included but was not limited to the Global Environment, U.N. Peace Keeping, Counter-Terrorism, Refugee Affairs, and International Economic Development. Serving as Executive Director of the U.S. – South Africa Bi-National Committee, Marc was instrumental in facilitating the work of inter-government agencies, domestic and international development organizations to strengthen South Africa’s economy. After the White House, Marc was selected as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID) with emphasis on the National Environment, U.S. Armed Services, Public Works, and Domestic Policy matters.
Marc recently sold his interest in Thorium Capital Ventures & Consulting, LLC where he served as President & CEO advising / managing portfolio companies particular in the manufacturing and service industries. He holds a BS in Civil / Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, MS in Industrial Engineering / Operations Research from Columbia University, MBA in Finance / Management Consulting from Columbia University, and JD in Corporate / Intellectual Property Law from the University of Texas at Austin. Marc possesses years of experience in identifying and quantifying risk, preparing contingency and recovery plans, building dynamic teams, and managing resources during crises. He currently resides in the Dallas metroplex with his wife Rebekah Thomas (nee Dubose) and is currently writing his first novel.