Now CEO of FeelInGlass, one of AGC's newest businesses, Thomas has had an inspiring career journey in which he has worked at the heart of some of AGC’s most important recent innovations in glass composition.

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Meet Thomas, CEO of FeelInGlass, start-up of AGC Glass Europe


You are a CEO at an impressively young age. How did your journey to the role begin?

I was finishing my Engineering Masters and  was looking to gain a role for after graduation. One of my good friends from university had  started working in the AGC R&D Centre and told  me that I needed to join. I wasn’t that interested  in the role on offer at first. I thought it would  be too academic and scientific. She convinced  me otherwise, and I ended up on the team with her for six years.

What kind of innovations did you work on in your  early years?

I had my opportunity straight away –  to contribute to the bigger picture in  renewables and sustainability. My first projects were focused on improving  solar mirror technology and developing new  solar glass for PV panels. After that, I worked  with a start-up in Sweden on touchscreen panels. This is the first time that I created a new glass  composition. At the same time, I was working  on developing a new composition for thin glass. While being produced on standard float lines to substantially bring costs down, this new  composition was supposed to achieve almost  the same performance as the costly premium  thin glass made on specific float lines. By 2016, we succeeded with a result even better than  expected. Then came the first big change in my AGC career.




Within one month we were ready  for the real-life trial. We were always joking about disappearing  to hide in a tent in Siberia if it  went wrong. When it worked, we called the boss on holiday in Thailand. He was so happy.




How did your career change?

Later in 2016, I was internally hired to develop the business for the new composition that I had recently created. Dream job. I could mix  the technical aspect and the commercial side. I was using my skills as a project leader in R&D, but also working directly with the customers. I could hear their pains and needs, before going  back to R&D to address them. It was a very  exciting time. We saw that automotive was  changing a lot. The interiors of cars were  increasingly connected and needed more glass.  Our product could be a major part of the car  interior of tomorrow. Our first achievement  was a dashboard completely covered in glass.

How has your development to reach senior leadership been supported?

A mix of activities – training, mentoring  and support. I joined the JUMP Programme  early (the Junior University Management  Programme). It developed a wide range
of knowledge from finance and marketing  to soft skills. You learn in the classroom,  do assignments and practice on the job. 
I’ve also had lots of different bosses during  my time here. l learned a lot from them all,  especially on the business side. They were good mentors. They allow you to progress in a field that is unknown for you – to develop  yourself. I have colleagues in our Incubation  factory who took an MBA, whereas I have built  my skillset through the experience of my roles

What do you value most about working at AGC?

In a sense, I have the best of both worlds. Take my friend working in start-ups. They have freedom to do things their way, but all start-ups are constantly looking for more investment – and it is a big commitment often with limited  rewards. Friends in big companies have stability and wider opportunities, but little freedom. Whereas we work in start-up mode and have a big company behind us.


In 2016 I was hired internally to develop the business for the new composition I created. I’d always wanted a career that went beyond science, something with real use. This balanced the technical with the commercial: my dream job!




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