Healthcare >> CEO Interviews >> September 13, 2002

David Thomas – Ims Health Inc (rx)

DAVID M. THOMAS is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of IMS HEALTH, the world's leading provider of information solutions to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Mr. Thomas, who joined the company in November 2000, is responsible for all IMS HEALTH operations worldwide. With $1.3 billion in 2001 revenue, IMS HEALTH employs 5,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Previously, Mr. Thomas was Senior Vice President and Group Executive at IBM. He was responsible for the Global Personal Systems Group, where he helped lead IBM's successful effort to become an e-business. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Thomas was General Manager, IBM Global Industries, responsible for sales and support of IBM's top 5,000 enterprise customers worldwide. Prior to 1996, Mr. Thomas held progressively responsible executive positions at IBM, including General Manager, IBM North America; General Manager, Asia Pacific; General Manager, AS/400 Division; General Manager, Marketing for IBM North America; and President, National Distribution Division. He joined IBM in 1972 as a marketing representative. Mr. Thomas holds an MS in Business Administration and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida. He received the University of Florida's Distinguished Graduate Award in 1996. Mr. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of Fortune Brands, and is an Advisory Board member of, Inc. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with an overview of the company?

Mr. Thomas: IMS has been in the business about 50 years. We have evolved

to become the number one global information source for anyone