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.
*Also serves on the ONE Action Board.
President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group and Chairman of the Dangote Foundation
Co-founder, ONE & (RED)
Lead singer, U2
Co-founder, ONE and (RED)
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership Institute
Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust *
Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill and 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
Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnerships, Mastercard Inc.
Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations *
Director of the School of Transnational Governance
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Chairwoman, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
* also serves on the ONE Action Board.