Tom has more than 15 years’ experience of running cross-media, digital content, ecommerce and technology platform companies.
After starting his career in sales and marketing, then focusing on the nascent digital space, he was involved in a number of start-ups. Tom was co-founder and CEO of digital start-up Silicon Media Group, backed by a number of blue chip venture funds.
On its successful acquisition by CNET Networks in 2002, Tom led the expansion of CNET’s multi-brand business in the UK and across Europe, creating a highly profitable digital pure play. After a period of consulting with various private equity funds, Tom joined media-tech platform business Magicalia as CEO in 2008, working with Exponent Private Equity.
Tom co-founded Immediate Media Co in November 2011. The company was formed by merging Magicalia’s digital technology platform with BBC Magazines, home to some of the UK’s leading magazine media brands, including the Radio Times.
In the last five years Immediate has thrived under Tom’s leadership.
Bucking the trend in the sector, Immediate has consistently grown revenues organically and through M&A activity, with EBITDA growth of 100 per cent since 2011. Tom’s strategic focus on leveraging Immediate’s world-class content through the creation of an agile technology platform has allowed Immediate to take advantage of new business opportunities in the special interest markets it serves. TV shopping, ecommerce and digital marketplaces are just a few of the successful new platforms through which Immediate is driving growth.
Immediate has won over 100 industry awards in the last five years and now employs over 1,300 people in London, Bristol, Redditch, Camberley, Manchester and internationally. Immediate was acquired by Hubert Burda Media in January 2017.
Tom will speak at the 41st FIPP World Congress, 9-11 October 2017 in London, the UK. Meet him there.
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