Ross Thornton

Ross Thornton

Ross is a highly experienced strategic communications adviser with more than 20 years’ experience working in politics and financial PR. He is a co-founder of two of the most successful corporate/financial agencies in Sydney and has advised on many of the largest and most complex financial transactions in recent Australian history.

Recent Projects
  • CKI’s AU$7.4 billion acquisition of Duet Group
  • Boral’s AU$2.075 billion rights issue / placement
  • Tatts Group’s AU$11.5 billion merger with Tabcorp
  • TPG Capital’s AU$4 billion sale of Alinta Energy to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises
  • MacMahon Holdings Successful defence of unsolicited offer from CIMIC
  • Scepter Partners AU$7.1 billion takeover offer for Santos Limited
  • AB InBev’s AU$136 billion takeover offer for SABMiller
  • Guangdong Rising Assets Management’s AU$1.4 billion proposal to acquire PanAust
  • First Pacific and Wilmar International’s AU$1.37 billion joint venture acquisition of Goodman Fielder
  • Communications support and media strategy for clients including BP Australia, Coca Cola Amatil, James Hardie and Slater & Gordon.

Ross was previously a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, the company which bought his firm, Third Person. Ross had also led FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications division in the Asia-Pacific region as well as serving as its global head of Mergers and Acquisitions based in London during 2011 and 2012.

Ross began his working life as a media adviser in NSW Government and had several in-house corporate affairs roles before co-founding both the Cannings and Third Person financial PR agencies.

Ross has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from the University of Technology in Sydney.