Mr. Thomas served as Chairman and CEO of Rayonier
(NYSE: RYN), a diversified forest products company headquartered in
Jacksonville, Florida, from 2007 to 2012.
Prior to Rayonier, Mr. Thomas spent thirteen years in various executive
roles at Georgia–Pacific, a global manufacturer and marketer of tissue,
packaging, paper, building products and related chemicals headquartered in
Atlanta, Georgia. He became President and
COO of Georgia-Pacific in 2002. From
1989 to 1993, Mr. Thomas was CEO of Law Environmental Group, a national
environmental engineering firm.
Prior to his business career, Mr. Thomas spent 21
years in government with local, state and federal agencies. His final years in government were with the
Reagan administration, first as Associate Director and Executive Deputy
Director of FEMA for two years and then EPA
for six years.
He served as Assistant Administrator for solid waste
and emergency response from 1983 to 1985 and as Administrator from 1985 to 1989.
Mr. Thomas has a BA from
the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a M.ED from the
University of South Carolina. He
currently serves on the Board of Directors for DuPont Corporation, Airgas
Corporation and the Regal Entertainment Group.
Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Board of Regents for the
University of the South.