Tomas Brunegård was elected to a two-year term as WAN-IFRA President in June 2013, succeeding Jacob Mathew, Executive Editor and Publisher of the Malayala Manorama Group of Publications in Kerala, India.
Mr Brunegård has a deep commitment to press freedom and has long been a driving force in WAN-IFRA. Prior to becoming President, he served as Chair of WAN-IFRA's Press Freedom and Media Development Board, which oversees the organisation's extensive global projects in these domains.
Mr. Brunegård has served as Chairman and as Group CEO of Stampen Group in Sweden. He joined the company as CEO of the flagship Göteborgs-Posten newspaper in 1996. He had previously been Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Burger King in Sweden.
Mr Brunegård is a Board member of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, the International School of Economics in Tbilisi, Georgia, the University of Gothenburg, Stena Line Holding AB, and Mentor Medier A/S in Norway.
He is also a member of the jury for the Gebran Tueni Award (Beirut Lebanon), which encourages press freedom in the Middle East.
Various executive programmes he has taken part in include:
- Grand Metropolitan Executive Management Development Program 1993 – 1994
- Executive Management programs at the Swedish Management Institute, (IFL), 1994
- IMD, Lausanne, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1999
- Harvard Business School, 2001
His University education includes: MSC, Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, 1987.
He lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with his wife and four children.