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April, 2001


New Vice-Presiden Fluid Power Division – Europe

Michael Thomas will join Gates on April 9th 2001 as Vice-President, Fluid Power Division -- Europe.  

Mr. Michael Thomas, a British citizen, obtained his Civil & Structural Engineering Degree from the University College Cardiff, University of Wales and has a MSc in Management Science from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.  He gained a broad experience in industry and was holding various positions in Manufacturing, Sales and General Management with well-known and successful companies in and outside the UK.  His latest two positions were European Operations Manager and Assistant to the COO with Albright & Wilson and CEO European Hose Division at Senior PLc, a manufacturer of flexible metallic-, composite- and PTFE hoses.  English being his mother tongue, Mr. Thomas is fluent in German, French and Italian, and has knowledge of Dutch and Spanish. 

Mr. Thomas will be based in St. Neots, but will be present in the Erembodegem operation weekly.