Emap Advertising's managing director, Tom Toumazis, has quit the
publishing group for a senior vice-president position at Walt Disney
Toumazis will take the title of senior vice-president and managing
director for European distribution and will report directly to WDTV-I's
president, David Hulbert. He will be responsible for marketing and
licensing Disney content to channels across Europe, Africa and the
Toumazis' departure comes at a time of transition for Emap, with Robin
Miller being recalled as the chairman and chief executive, following the
resignation of Kevin Hand in May. Hand's departure, which stemmed from
Emap's disastrous acquisition of the US publisher, Peterson, had raised
doubts about the future structure of Emap Advertising.
Hand had established the division, which was designed to cross-sell
Emap's different multimedia platforms, and installed Toumazis as
managing director in April 2000.
Toumazis was quick to deny that his departure signalled any change in
structure at Emap Advertising.
"Absolutely - it's a given," he said of its prospects of continuing in
its current form.
Toumazis pointed to the strength of the management in place at the
division, including names such as Theresa Coligan and Zoe Bartlett.
A replacement for Toumazis' role as managing director has not yet been
announced. Emap Advertising's chairman, Tim Schoonmaker, will oversee
the appointment, though it is not known whether his search will focus on
internal or external candidates.
"When you're running a business of 300 people representing the portfolio
we have, you need a driver and a leader," Toumazis said.