Tom Freston

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Tom Freston, Chairman of the Board, ONE; Principal, Firefly3.

"Tom Freston has had a long and illustrious career in the media and entertainment industry. He currently is a principal of Firefly3, a consulting and investment company in the media business. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc. January to September 2006 and President and Co-Chief Operating Officer June 2004 to January 2006, overseeing Viacom’s cable network businesses (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and many others), Paramount Pictures and Famous Music.

"Mr. Freston served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks from 1987 to 2004, leading that division of Viacom through a period of great creative and business growth and aggressive international expansion. Mr. Freston joined MTV Networks in 1980 and was one of the founding members of the team that launched MTV: Music Television. Among other things he helped create the classic “I Want My MTV” ad campaign. Prior to Viacom, Mr. Freston ran a textile business in India and Afghanistan for eight years

"Mr. Freston is on boards of DreamWorks Animation, The American Museum of Natural History and Emerson College." [1]

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  1. Directors, ONE Campaign, accessed January 27, 2009.
  2. Trustees, American Museum of Natural History, accessed April 19, 2010.