Board Chair, ONE, and Principal, Firefly3 *
Tom Freston is a Principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on the media and entertainment industries. He is both a former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Inc. One of the founding team at MTV in 1980, he became Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks in 1986 where he oversaw MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, and other television and digital businesses. He held that position for 17 years. Earlier in his career he ran a textile import business in Afghanistan and India as well as working in advertising in New York City.
Mr. Freston is Board Chair of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty. He is an advisor to the Raine Group, a merchant bank firm. He serves on several boards including Imagine Entertainment, and the think tank 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.
More Members of the Board of Directors
President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Industries LTD and Chairman of the Dangote Foundation
Co-founder, ONE & (RED)
Lead singer, U2
Co-founder, ONE and (RED)
The Rt Hon David Cameron
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi
Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership Institute
Sir Mo Ibrahim
Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Gayle E. Smith
CEO of ONE *
Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH
President, Spelman College *
Co-Founder, ONE & Founder, Sharing Strategies
Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Europe, Middle East & East Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chairman, Kleiner Perkins
CEO, Business Roundtable *
Former United States Senator
Global Head of External Relations, Bloomberg LP
Lawrence H. Summers
Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnerships, Mastercard Inc.
Morton H. Halperin
Chair, Executive Board, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania*
Director and Professor, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute
Founder of Lean IN
Susan A. Buffett
Chair, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
* also serves on the ONE Action Board.