Thys is a mining sector specialist with business development and corporate experience gained in investment banking and experience gained in the world's major mining finance markets.
With a track record of major transactions involving sponsors and assets in mining finance centers in both developed and emerging markets globally.
He began his career in South Africa with Gencor, a predecessor company of Billiton plc, and moved to the UK in 1998 in a role focused on business development and M&A. Following the merger with BHP to form what is now the world's largest mining company, Thys moved into investment banking.
After eight years with Standard Bank London, he left as Head of Mining and moved to Toronto to join the Global Mining Investment Banking team at CIBC World Markets. He then moved into a more technical role and is currently Vice President of Business Development for Ausenco.