Team bios

Bob Thomas

Board Advisor

Bob Thomas retired in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer of EIS, Inc., a subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (GPC NYSE). Bob joined EIS in 1999. Prior to that, he was the President of the Specialty Chemicals and Products Division – Europe, Middle East, and Africa, for Morgan Crucible Plc., a publicly traded British company headquartered in the United Kingdom. Prior to Morgan Crucible, Bob was with Scott Paper Company and Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 23 years in various Senior Executive Leadership positions, including Vice President of the Asia Pacific Business, based in Hong Kong, and Vice President of the North American Business, based in Philadelphia.

Bob has 44 years of experience in business-to-business sales, marketing, and executive leadership. He has a record of achievement in business leadership and creating outstanding and sustainable results in public company business units. Bob has extensive experience in M&A and business integration and has been very successful in leading highly effective executive teams. He was recognized over the years for various business excellence awards including being named as the Genuine Parts Company Manager of the Year in 2007.

Bob is a graduate of Western Carolina University and now serves on the school’s Foundation Board as Chair of the Advancement Committee and formerly as the First Vice Chair of the Foundation. In 2014, he was selected as the recipient of the Western Carolina University “Professional Achievement” award for that year. He graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence from 1970-1973. Bob also studied international marketing at Stanford University in 1987. Bob and his wife, Pam, live in Johns Creek, Georgia, and have three children and three grandchildren.