As Chief Financial Officer, Tom Ernst manages the financial functions within Symbotic.  He has more than 20 years of extensive finance, leadership and software industry experience.  Tom loves to tackle big challenges and lead teams of people to creative and impactful solutions.

Prior to joining Symbotic in September 2020, Tom served as CFO of RealPage where he led all accounting, finance, treasury, legal, M&A, and strategic project management operations.

Tom founded a strategy management consultancy in 2015. He led senior consultants and junior teams in advising public software companies on market positioning, developing an innovative and effective company culture, mergers and

acquisitions, and strategic communications.  He has eighteen years of software industry finance experience in equity research and investment banking.  He also led the Goldman Sachs Software Investment Banking Team globally and the Deutsche Bank Software U.S. Equity Research Team.

Tom served as a Nuclear Engineer and Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy for five years on a fast attack submarine, and two years as the Military Training Department Head for the U.S. Navy boot camp.  Tom earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth and his BS from the University of Minnesota.