Thomas Smith is the Executive Vice President (EVP) and General Counsel, North America at Direct Energy and is responsible for all aspects of the company's legal function for its business units in North America. Thomas is a member of the Direct Energy Management Team and the Centrica Group General Counsel Leadership Team. He brings more than 14 years of experience managing complex agreements throughout the energy value chain.
Thomas joined Direct Energy from BG Group plc in Houston where he worked for the last decade, most recently as the Deputy General Counsel. In his last role, Thomas managed a team of 45 lawyers and professionals in Houston and in five international locations. Previously, he served as an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP representing clients in various areas of corporate finance, project finance/development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as well as business law.
Thomas holds his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Thomas and his wife, Becky, live in Houston, Texas with their four children.