Thomas is an accomplished internet executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience building high growth, consumer-focused digital businesses. Most recently, she was CMO at SmartThings, where she helped lead the smart home technology company to a successful acquisition by Samsung in 2014. Previously, Thomas served as CEO of Etsy, where she led the company through an extraordinary phase of growth and internationalization. Thomas also led NPR’s transition into a digital and multimedia enterprise and was an early product leader at Amazon.com.
“Maria brings deep digital operating and leadership experience to the Control4 Board, and she has a strong track record for driving brand-based experiences that consumers embrace,” said Martin Plaehn, chairman and CEO of Control4. “We look forward to applying Maria’s vast experience and thinking to help shape our strategies, plans, and priorities as we continue to work to accelerate Control4’s growth.”
“The global smart home market potential is significant,” Thomas said. “Control4's easy-to-use products, reliable platform, broad device ecosystem, and knowledgeable pro-installer network give the company a powerful base from which to grow, and I look forward to collaborating with Control4’s directors and management to continue building the business and delivering shareholder value.”
In addition to Control4, Thomas also currently serves on the boards of McClatchy and privately-held Spoonflower. Thomas is also an active angel investor and advisor in several early-stage startups. She graduated with honors from Boston University and received her MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.