NEWS20 July 2016

Phillipson to step down as IAB CEO

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UK — Guy Phillipson (pictured), chief executive of the UK’s Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), has announced that he is to step down from his role in January 2017 after 12 years. 

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Since Phillipson’s appointment in January 2005, the UK online advertising industry has grown rapidly, from £825m to £8.6bn in 2015. He will continue to be involved in the media business through advisory and non-executive roles.

A replacement for Phillipson has not yet been found. The IAB will be considering internal and external applications for the position of CEO, with the intention of appointing his successor before the end of the year. 

“Guy has transformed the IAB, creating a model trade organisation of 1,200 businesses which has played a consistent role in building confidence in online marketing," said Richard Eyre, CBE, chairman of IAB UK.

"He has achieved this with tenacity, humanity and a lot of laughs. His place in the history of online advertising is assured."