Linda Thomas Brooks was named president and chief executive officer of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media in January 2016.
Before joining MPA, Thomas Brooks was co-founder and president of GearDigital, a data-driven integrated agency and a subsidiary of Wilson RMS. Prior to GearDigital, she was president of Ingenuity Media at The Martin Agency, and executive director of Media & Marketing at Trilogy, a privately held business technology company. Thomas Brooks also served as senior vice president for GM MediaWorks, a stand-alone agency dedicated to serving General Motors. During her decade-long tenure with General Motors, she created a new media operation; developed strategy; and created infrastructure for increasing focus on digital and emerging media.
Thomas Brooks developed media and marketing strategies for many well-known brands and companies, including General Motors, GEICO, The American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and Experian. She has served on a variety of industry boards including the American Advertising Federation, Institute for Advertising Ethics and the Audit Bureau of Circulation, now the AAM. Thomas Brooks has also received numerous industry honors, including Advertising Age Women to Watch Award, Advertising Women of New York Impact Award for mentoring and 100 Leading Women in North American Automotive Industry.
She is passionate about viewing the media landscape through the lens of the consumer and is an ardent believer in the power of strong media brands to change the world.