James Tye

Non-Exec Chair, FMC Media


I am currently a Non-Exec Chair of FMC Media, a leading dental communications company (backed by Coniston Capital PE) and a Non-Exec Chair of Broadleaf which, until recently, held Autovia, an integrated automotive content and marketplace business (carved out of Dennis Publishing and backed by Exponent PE), which we sold to Carwow, an online car marketplace, in February 2024.

Prior to my portfolio career, I spent over 15 years as CEO of Dennis Publishing, a leading consumer media and e-commerce business, contributing to a total of 25 years with the business. During my tenure, I worked to transform the company into one of the most prominent and dynamic media companies in the UK. Dennis’ portfolio consists of 42 brands, operating in the UK and US with a group turnover of £216m. I oversaw the initial MBO of Dennis Publishing by Exponent in 2018 and later sold the company to Future plc (LSE-listed) in 2021 in a £300m deal, reflecting a doubling of enterprise value in 3 years.

I am passionate about helping other leadership teams, specifically PE-backed Executives, and I’m looking forward to helping PepTalks Members with:

  • Leadership/culture development
  • Recurring revenue and subscription growth
  • Preparing the business for a trade exit

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