Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rayonier, United States
Lee M. Thomas was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2007 and became Chairman on July 1, 2007. From 1993 to 2005, he held various management positions with Georgia-Pacific, culminating as President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Thomas served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Law Companies Environmental Group Inc., Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Executive Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Director of the Division of Public Safety Programs-Office of the Governor of South Carolina.
Mr. Thomas serves as a director of Airgas, Inc., the Regal Entertainment Group, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the World Resources Institute, and the American Forest and Paper Association.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South and a Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Thomas and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Jacksonville.