M2 Delivering The World's News

M2 Communications is a privately-owned international publishing and media services company. As a global pioneer in online and digital news publishing and distribution, we have expert knowledge of the industry that spans over two decades.

In 1994 M2 PressWIRE® was created. The product offers comprehensive global distribution service for press releases and soon became the major press wire for technology and business news.

M2 Communications is wholly owned by Normans Media Ltd, a media company based in the UK.

Today, M2 PressWIRE® is the world’s third largest electronic press release distribution service with partners amongst the world’s leading news aggregators – including Dow Jones Factiva, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters.

Editorial and press release distribution products from M2 are available on direct subscription and through these and countless other online networks, register here.

For a full list of our distribution partners, please click here.

M2 Publishing also produces a host of highly regarded, business-orientated newswires, such as Telecomworldwire, M2 Banking & Credit News, Airline Industry Information and M2 EquityBites.
In 2011, the company launched its content marketing arm M2 Bespoke, which specialises in creating unique content for SEO and Social Media purposes. To find out more about M2 Bespoke and content marketing, please click here.

Senior Management

Gulli Arnason

Chairman & Editorial Director Director

American-born Arnason, an experienced financial journalist, leads business development and strategy, with a strong focus on the development of new products and electronic publications. He was a financial reporter for Reuters in London from 2000, until he assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of Icelandic business newspaper Icelandic Financial News in 2005.

Before joining Reuters, he worked as freelance journalist for The Guardian, The Independent and BBC Radio 4. He has also worked as a reporter and a photojournalist for magazines and newspapers in California, including local newspapers Napa Valley Register and Petaluma Argus Courier.

Gulli completed his BA degree in journalism, photojournalism and media studies at California State Universities in San Francisco and Sonoma. He holds an MA degree in International Journalism from the University of Westminster in London.

Tom Naysmith

Managing Director

Tom started his career in the finance industry, working in the UK and Canada, for companies such as Chase de Vere and Scotia McLeod. He holds investment qualifications in both countries.

He moved into the media sector in 2003, when he joined M2. He was instrumental in the acquisition of US-based news and information provider NewsEdge from Thomson in 2007 and the following merger with smaller rival Acquire Media.

Tom was the Chairman of the merged company and headed its international division until 2009, when he led the management buyout of M2 Communications.

He has a BSc degree in Economics & Politics from Bath University

Ben Hollom

Sales & Marketing Director

Ben is responsible for the sales and marketing efforts of M2 Communications and heads the M2 Bespoke division of the company.With over 20 years experience within agencies and the commercial sector, Ben has planned and executed complex, multi-strand strategies for brands such as Axa, The FA, Sky and Mazda.

After owning an advertising agency in South Africa from 1994, Ben moved back to the UK in 2001 where he was instrumental in setting up and running another successful marketing agency in Bath.
A number years as a consultant in the private sector followed; evaluating and restructuring marketing departments, introducing new processes, developing marketing strategies, and implementing budget controls. After working together on specific projects over a number of years, M2 and Ben finally made the arrangement permanent in December 2010 resulting in the birth of the Bespoke division.

Jamie Ayres

Operations Director

Jamie is responsible for the accurate and timely delivery of all M2 content, making sure that the thousands of daily news items and articles produced by the company are seamlessly delivered to multiple drop-points and locations.

As Operations Director, Jamie keeps the M2 offices running at peak efficiency, managing complex workflows and M2’s global technology platform. Jamie is an expert in newswire services and is continuously developing the M2 PressWIRE® service to keep M2 at the forefront of the industry.