LSBU Alumni's Annual Hitesh Tailor Lecture with special guest, London South Bank University Alumnus Tom Toumazis MBE (Class of 1983).
Whether you work (or want to work) in the private or public sector, in big corporates, start-ups or for yourself, have you ever wondered why it takes so long to get things done?
Tom Toumazis MBE has spent the last 33 years in corporate business and more recently in the start-up world. His view is that one word is stifling businesses and slowing down progress. We’re in a world of less absolutes. Things are more nuanced. ‘Maybe' is a word that has crept into a lot of what we do, both personally and professionally. What are some of the reasons for this but more importantly, how can you avoid the world of ‘maybe' and get to the world of ‘yes' or ‘no'?
Tom Toumazis MBE is focused exclusively on the digital and startup world. He is a founder investor and Chair of two start-ups, TVbeat and Tagsmart and last December was appointed as theLADbible’s first Non-Executive Director, prior to the company’s first round of funding. Tom has worked in the media and entertainment industry since 1983 and spent the first 18 years within advertising sales at ITV, Eurosport and Emap. He made the transition into programming, sales and distribution in 2001 as the head of Disney-ABC-ESPN Television EMEA and in 2009 was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Endemol Worldwide joining the main Board. Most recently he was Head of Partnerships EMEA for Yahoo and prior to Yahoo, CEO of Mecom Group plc, the largest European Newspaper Group. During his time at Emap, he completed the General Manager Programme at Harvard Business School.
Tom is also Chairman and Founder of the ChildLine Board, part of the NSPCC and a member of the Charity's National Volunteer Board. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List for services to Children.
He’s a massive movie buff, has run the Virgin London Marathon 7 times, all very slowly and still harbours a dream of being a star in a west end musical.