Brand & Consumer Publishing Expert
Eddie Thomas is a rare breed – a veteran publisher with a lifetime’s experience creating, building and leading some of the UK and Australia’s most innovative and successful media groups; a battle hardened commercial leader who understands the challenges of survival and the economics of success in a ferociously competitive media landscape; an incisive, intuitive and lateral-thinking problem solver, able to wrestle with the biggest, most intimidating business challenges and provide alternative routes to executives; and an analytical, agile financial mastermind, with years of experience as CEO of running, interrogating and improving P&Ls and balance sheets.
But as tough, focussed and driving as Eddie is and can be, he is remarkable also for his intuitive people skills. He understands the teams he works with, quickly identifies their skills and weaknesses, and commands their loyalty and respect with his fair application of pressure and support. He places importance on the development of a strong business culture, and brings executive teams along with him on the journey of its implementation. It’s through these skills that Eddie builds enormous loyalty in the companies and teams he leads, and has developed such a strong network amongst the media entrepreneurs building exciting creative enterprises in Sydney and Australia.
Eddie often talks about the lessons he’s leant from the leaders he has worked with, and in particular from his own mentor. This understanding of the value that a leader and mentor can add to a business, an executive team or executive leaders themselves is an invaluable context from which Eddie is able to draw as an executive coach and mentor himself. As someone who has benefitted from Eddie’s advice over several years working with him in two different organisations, I can attest to the real value that he is able to add. Eddie’s input is always grounded in reality, relevant, practical, and deliverable. More often than not Eddie has faced similar issues, challenges or opportunities, and draws from both his successes and failures in his coaching input. I’m lucky to have had the benefit of his experience in my own career, and to be able to count Eddie as a mentor, leader and friend.