Thomas P. McDevitt, Chairman, The Washington Times

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Tom McDevitt currently serves as the Chairman of The Washington Times (TWT) along with Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. McDevitt became President of TWT in March 2007 just prior to the company’s 25thanniversary and served in that position through October 2012. As chief executive officer, he was responsible for all aspects of the news and information for the company. He led TWT through an intensive period of strategic turnaround, national market alignment, and product line expansion reaching more than ten million regular readers throughout America.

Tom served as Chairman of Universal Peace Federation – USA from 2016-2019 directing a citizen leadership development program called the “American Leadership Conference” in all fifty states. In July of 2017 he was appointed as President of UPF International with a focus on supporting the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace by developing working groups of legislators and policy experts on vital issues including the peaceful re-unification of the Korean peninsula.

Mr. McDevitt was recently appointed by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon as Chairman of HJ Magnolia Global Foundation, along with the HJ Magnolia USA group. The new corporate group includes 46 companies in Korea, Japan and the United States focused on business development, strategic marketing and global asset development.

He first joined TWT as Business Director in 1994 and was responsible for the launch of The Washington Times National Weekly Edition, which gained a circulation of more than 100,000 paid subscribers in all 50 states within the first three years. In 2001, as General Manager of TWT Magazine Division, Tom had overall business responsibility for four periodicals: Insight, World & I National Weekly Edition, Washington Golf Monthly.

From 2000-2001, as director of a 50-state marketing network affiliated with the TWT National Weekly Edition, he designed and implemented a nationwide series of 88 “American Leadership Conference” two-day seminars, attracting more than 22,000 community leaders focused on the themes of freedom, faith and family. Later, as TWT’s Director of Marketing, Tom supervised market research, brand strategy, community relations, promotions, circulation, marketing, and business development. He then served as Vice President for TWT and special assistant to the President, responsible for corporate relations and strategic planning.

From 2005 – 2007 in a stint away from The Washington Times, Tom served the Points of Light Foundation as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. His areas of focus included promotion of corporate volunteer efforts in support of Hurricane Katrina relief, non-profit brand/marketing strategy, and nationwide marketing partnerships with the Walt Disney Company, Target, Ralph Lauren, and others in support of family volunteering and disaster relief.

In 2010, Tom also served as President of News World Media Development in a successful effort to re-acquire and develop a new media business plan and leadership team for The Washington Times. In a foray into Virginia politics, Tom was a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993, narrowly losing a hard-fought race against a four-term incumbent.

Tom graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Government, and has completed Six Sigma training through Villanova University, along with certification in leadership and productivity courses with the Franklin Covey Company and David Allen. Mr. McDevitt serves on the Board of Directors for the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy and The Washington Times Foundation. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and is the proud father of five sons. He and his late wife from South Korea, Soon Ja Lee, were married for twenty years until she passed away in 2002. He practices Tai Chi in order to remain calm and golf to remain humble.

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