Tom Freston is a Principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on the media and entertainment industries. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc., where he also served as Chief Operating Officer. For seventeen years, Mr. Freston was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, and other networks. Prior to that, Mr. Freston ran a textile business in Afghanistan and India. Currently, he is Board Chairman of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization to fight extreme poverty and serves on the boards of Imagine Entertainment, Moby Media in Afghanistan, Vice Media in New York and New America. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2005 Mr. Freston was cited in the TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. He has received many industry honors and awards.
President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group and Chairman of the Dangote Foundation
Co-founder, ONE and (RED)
Lead singer, U2 Co-founder, ONE and (RED)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
President and CEO
President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust
Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation *
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
President & CEO, Business Roundtable
Former United States Senator
Global Head of Government Relations and Communications, Bloomberg L.P. Chairman, Bloomberg Government
Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
Chief Executive Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation*
Retired Director of Corporate Social Innovation, Caterpillar and President of the Caterpillar Foundation, Global Impact Advisor*
Managing Director, Black Rhino Group
Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Chairwoman, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
* Serves on The ONE Campaign Board only and not on the ONE Action Board.