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Thomas Jacob

Thomas Jacob

COO, WAN-IFRA

Was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. In this role, he has responsibilities for developing and implementing the organizations strategy to be the platform for exchange of ideas, information and experiences among the global news publishing industry. Prior to this, Jacob was the Deputy CEO in charge of the greater Asia Pacific region.

Thomas Jacob has over 29 years of experience in media. He began his career as a rookie engineer with Mathrubhumi newspaper from Kerala, India. After helming the technical department for four years, he moved to Singapore to establish IFRA’s presence in Asia. During this tenure, he established the two subsidiaries IFRA Asia and IFRA India. He then joined Associated Newspapers Limited, publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in UK. As ANL’s International Development Director, he conceptualized a compact midmarket newspaper for the Indian market and initiated a JV with the India Today Group to launch a new newspaper, Mail Today.

Thomas Jacob is an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. As a summa cum laude, he is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for management in the United States. He is a trained engineer in electronics and telecommunications, having graduated with distinction from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, in India. He also underwent advanced studies in computer networking at ICIS, Singapore.

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