AOL Europe has beefed up its public affairs function by handing its
UK policy head a pan-European brief.
Clare Gilbert, general counsel and vice-president in charge of UK policy
d legal affairs, has taken the newly created role of senior
vice-president, public policy and regulatory affairs.
The move has been made to help the internet behemoth roll out
competitive broadband access across the UK and Europe.
Although Gilbert will retain her London base, she will now spearhead a
public affairs push across Europe.
Gilbert's track record within AOL includes heading its lobbying work in
the run up to an OFTEL ruling last year that introduced flat-rate
internet access in the UK.
In her latest role she will continue to lead AOL's policy work regarding
its Stop The Clock campaign, to bring unmetered access to narrowband
customers across Europe.
Gilbert said: 'The policy initiatives have brought about positive
change, particularly in introducing UK consumers to the flat-rate
internet access pricing, and we believe that France and Germany are on
their way. However, there is much work left to be done.'
She reports to Michael Lynton, president of AOL International and acting
CEO of AOL Europe.
Gilbert's appointment is part of a senior management reshuffle at AOL
Europe, which started in May.
This included the setting up of an AOL Europe executive committee made
up of Lynton, senior vice-presidents and managing directors for each
Earlier this month Marc Sven Kopka was appointed director of media
relations for AOL in Germany (PRWeek, 17 August).