Thomas Ries was born in 1965 in Essen, Germany. Following an apprenticeship and a diploma thesis at Th. Goldschmidt AG, Thomas graduated from Niederrhein University of Applied Science in 1993 with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering. After several professional stations in the coatings and coatings raw material industry in both technical and commercial roles he joined Evonik as Director Sales Europe South for the BL Coating Additives in June 2010. From April 2013 to July 2018 he took the assignment as Business Manager APAC based in Shanghai for the business line Coating Additives. On his return to Europe, he took over the responsibility for the sales channel strategy of the business line Coating Additives followed by leading a program to develop a digital customer journey roadmap for the business.
Thomas joined the Marketing and Sales Excellence Team of Evonik Corporate where he is heading the cluster Channel Management.
Thomas and his wife, Christiane, have two adult daughters and currently live in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.