Endemol star to take over Mecom

Steve Dinneen
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RISING Endemol star Tom Toumazis will become the new chief executive of European publisher Mecom when Stephen Davidson, currently executive chairman, steps aside in August.

Toumazis (pictured) has worked in the media industry since 1983 and has held senior international and UK positions in print, online, TV and radio.

He served as chief commercial officer at Endemol from 2009, where he headed up its worldwide commercial activities. His remit included the expansion of the company’s distribution business and worldwide sales

He was previously executive vice president with Walt Disney, where he was in charge of programming, new media and channel distribution for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada.

He also held senior roles at UK-based publisher Emap.

He said of his new role: “Mecom has an impressive European footprint, which combines powerful national and local print media positions with rapidly growing online and new media operations. It has considerable potential to develop its multi-media platforms and build strong digital revenues and I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead the company.”

Davidson, who became executive chairman after the former boss of Mirror newspapers David Montgomery stepped aside over a row with shareholders, will stay on as non-executive chairman of the firm.