Thomas Jacob has joined IFRA as Deputy CEO & Managing Director in charge of the Greater Asia/ Pacific region. In his new role, Thomas will be based in Singapore and will be responsible for IFRA activities in South Asia, South & North East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
“We plan to significantly expand our services in the region, and Thomas’ appointment clearly reflects the importance of the aforementioned markets for the future of IFRA,” said Reiner Mittelbach, CEO, IFRA.
Prior to joining IFRA, Jacob was with Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), publisher of Daily Mail and Metro in the UK. At ANL, as the International Development Director, he had conceptualised a compact mid-market newspaper for India and initiated a joint venture with the India Today Group to launch the new newspaper, Mail Today.
Jacob also has had long, strong ties with IFRA. Before joining ANL, he was instrumental in establishing IFRA’s presence in Asia.
Jacob earned an MBA with high honors (summa cum laude) from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He is a trained engineer in electronics and telecommunications, having graduated from the National Institute of Technology, Suratkal in India.