After a nearly four-year stint with Red FM, Abraham Thomas has quit the FM station as COO. Thomas had reportedly put in his papers three months ago and had been serving his notice period since then. It is also learnt that an internal mail on Thomas’s departure has been sent out to the Red FM staff. No announcement has been made so far on Thomas’ replacement.
Dispelling all speculations on his next move, Thomas told exchange4media, “My next move is a short break. I have a few options, including entrepreneurial ones, which I am evaluating. I will definitely announce once I have taken a decision.”
However, if industry sources are to be believed, Thomas may be heading to Meow FM. No confirmation on this was forthcoming at the time of filing this report.
Thomas had begun his career in the print media with The Indian Express, where he worked his way up to the position of All-India Head of Ad Sales. Television soon beckoned him and he joined Sony Entertainment Network as Director - Sales for SET, MAX and AXN channels. He then moved to MTV Networks, where he headed the revenue function for MTV, Nickelodeon and Vh1.
Thomas had joined Red FM as COO in March 2005. He believes that his strong background in revenue generation and his experience working with client brands helps him to drive their programming and marketing towards increased listener pleasure, while co-creating win-win marketing solutions for his clients. His vision has enabled Red FM move ‘beyond radio’ and on to Red Activ (activation), Red Mobile (content on multi-digital platforms) and Red Creativ (Creative Solutions for clients).
It may be recalled that only recently Red FM had extended its format of brand, content and programming across the country from three FM stations to 45 FM stations after SFM was rebranded as Red FM.