In this episode…
Tim Weller, founder of business publisher Incisive Media sits down with Simon Fox, former CEO of Reach plc (previously Trinity Mirror) for a discussion about the agony and the ecstasy of steering through crucial mergers and acquisitions. The two chat about the pitfalls, pain points and exhilaration generated by successful business deals – while also mentioning awkward business moments, such as ignoring a Royal scrabbling to right a tumbled tombola and fumbling a magic trick in front of an advertising audience.
About the guests:
Tim Weller is the founder of business publisher Incisive, which is celebrating its quarter century since it launched with the title Investment Week. He floated the business on the stock market in 2000 at a value of 73 million. But in 2006, Tim led a management buyout and took the business back private. Now he’s non-executive director. He’s also a non-executive chairman of various businesses, including Trust, Pilot, Thai Media, the children’s digital platform, super awesome and ad tech firm Tremor
Simon Fox recently left Reach Plc, formerly Trinity Mirror, after seven years as CEO. Towards the end of his tenure, he drove the acquisition of Express Newspapers and the traditionally conservative Express titles now sit alongside the left leaning Mirror newspapers under the Reach umbrella. Simon was well-placed to pull off this trick as he’s actually an accomplished amateur magician.