SIMA Team Member

Tommy Thomas

Managing Director

Dr. Tommy Thomas is a Managing Director of SIMA® International. He focuses his practice on senior-level retained executive search.

Tommy has been with SII since 1996, and is widely regarded as one of the premier leaders in the retained search industry. He has led more than 150 executive-level searches. He also has served on the adjunct faculties of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Southeastern Institute of Technology, Samford University, and Oxford Graduate School. He also consults regularly with colleges and universities in the area of graduate programs in leadership.

Tommy is the author of The Perfect Search: What Every Nonprofit Board Member Needs to Know About Hiring the Next Chief Executive.

• Auburn University, B.S. in electrical engineering
• Samford University, M.B.A.
• Oxford Graduate School, D. Phil. in religion and society


During my first eight years in the search business, there was always a knot in my stomach when it came to speaking definitively about why I was recommending a specific candidate for a given position. One of the primary reasons I joined SII was SIMA®. The effective use of SIMA®, coupled with a valid set of Critical Leadership Benchmarks, gives me real confidence that I am bringing the best and strongest candidates to the client. There's no longer any knot in my stomach when we begin to evaluate the short list of candidates. I can have complete confidence-and allow my clients to have confidence-that the short list is composed of the "right" men and women.


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