In September 2006 Viacom CEO Tom Freston was unceremoniously fired, reportedly in response to his decision to not outbid Rupert Murdoch's Fox and acquire a since-forgotten social network called Myspace. It's ironic that he now views Facebook as a "Frankenstein monster." My exceptionally enjoyable and engaging Legends & Leaders conversation with Tom begins with Tom recalling his exit from Viacom to the cheers and accolades of more than 1,000 Viacom employees gathered in the lobby of 1515 Broadway. Tom also recounts his early years at Benton & Bowles Advertising, the eight years he spent working in Afghanistan prior to his rise to power at MTV Networks, leaders who were catalysts for his success, and his continuing involvement in global action and the media business as Chairman of One Campaign and advisor to companies and non-profits.
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