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Tom Toumazis MBE, is Chairman and Founder of the ChildLine Board, part of the NSPCC and a member of the Charity's National Volunteer Board. Tom Toumazis has a blue-chip corporate record and was appointed Head of Partnerships EMEA at Yahoo in September 2014.
Toumazis attended London South Bank University from 1981 to 1983, he also attended Harvard Business School in 1999.
Tom has worked in the media and entertainment industry since 1983. He has held a number of advertising sales positions within ITV companies including LWT, STV, HTV and Meridian and in 1994 became Deputy Managing Director at ITV. Before his current role at Yahoo, Tom was the Chief Executive of Mecom Group.
Tom has held a number of significant roles over the last few years. Before Mecom, Tom was the Chief Commercial Officer of Endemol Group. From January 2009, he managed the successful expansion and diversification of Endemol’s worldwide commercial interests and managed Endemol Sport, which has become the fastest growing sports media company in Europe. Tom was also Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Disney-ABC-ESPN Television in charge of programme, new media and channel distribution and prior to that joined The Walt Disney Company in 2001 from Emap, where he held a number of positions, including Managing Director of Emap Advertising During his time at Emap, he completed the General Manager Programme at Harvard Business School.
As Chair of the ChildLine Board, Tom Toumazis made MBE for his contributions to help raise over 8 million pounds for ChildLine.
“I stumbled into connecting with ChildLine. I couldn't get into the 2004 London Marathon Ballot, so a friend got two slots to run for ChildLine. He pulled out but I ran alongside Dan Gopal, another person from Disney, who has been connected to ChildLine and the rest is history”. Tom Toumazis, May 2015
Tom Toumazis launched the ChildLine 20 Board in 2005 to mark ChildLine’s 20th Anniversary. Under his stewardship, the ChildLine Board raised £7.25m and introduced a number of Media and Entertainment companies to ChildLine including Disney, Reuters, Discovery, Trinity Mirror, ITV, Google and Yahoo.
In 2012, Tom co-founded The Monday Movie Club with the support of the US and UK film distributors. The monthly screenings have raised over £250,000.
Tom has also brought a recognisable TV brand to the annual ChildLine Ball. The Charity has worked with TV shows such as Downton Abbey, Britain's Got Talent, X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and I'm a Celebrity.
Tom has run six London Marathons for ChildLine, with the seventh planned to celebrate ChildLine's 30th anniversary next year.
As Chair of the ChildLine Board Tom Toumazis has helped raised a total figure of £8,290,170 for ChildLine:
Tom’s wife Helen is a ChildLine volunteer counsellor and has been working with the charity for over 7 years.
About Mecom Group
Mecom Group is one of Europe’s largest consumer publishing companies, with multiplatform brands in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Poland. The Group is aims to pursue a paid for subscriber model across all of its platforms, leveraging the strength of its pre-existing relationships with its 1.2 million print subscribers – most subscribers in Europe.
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