Stuart Thomas,Founding Principal at Precidian Investments
Mr. Thomas began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he spent more than 10 years working as a U.S. International Equity Salesman, Senior Deal Manager on the Equity Syndicate Desk, and Manager of the Convertible Sales & Marketing Desk before moving to Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Thomas is widely credited with creating their retail exchange-traded fund business. He served as Manager of the ETF Sales and Trading Department until his promotion to First Vice President, Director of Equity Capital Markets Sales. On behalf of the World Gold Council, he started World Gold Trust Services in August 2002 to create, manage, and market the first U.S. commodity-backed equity traded on an exchange, SPDR Gold Shares (GLD). In 2005 Mr. Thomas co-founded M7 Ventures (now Precidian Investments) with his partners to create innovative IP in the ETF space. In 2006, Precidian developed the first “physically-backed” currency ETFs and, along with Rydex Investments, launched, CurrencyShares® on the NYSE. Since 2006, Precidian Investments has created a number of unique patent-protect ETF structures including ADRplus®, Managed Distribution ETFs, and the industry changing ActiveShares® ETF which was approved in May 2019.