Thomas is a Full Professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland where he teaches strategy and international management. Thomas holds a DSc (Tech.) and Lic. Tech. from Helsinki University of Technology and a Dipl. Wirtsch. Ing from TH Darmstadt. Previously he taught at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada and at Aalto University in Finland.
Thomas’ research focuses on the CEO agenda in multinational corporations, specifically CEO succession, strategic renewal and transformation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate entrepreneurship and innovation.
His work has been published in leading Thomas’ research has won several awards and has been published in leading practitioner journals, including the Harvard Business Review and the MIT Sloan Management Review and has won several international awards.
An internationally recognized authority on CEO succession, Thomas has taught executives from Asia, Europe, and North America and has been invited to speak at headhunters’ conferences. He has been an active advisor to small and large corporations across a wide range of industries.
Outside work, he enjoys a happy family life with his wife, their children and their dog.