Europe PA brief for Gilbert as AOL grows broadband

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

country.



Earlier this month Marc Sven Kopka was appointed director of media

relations for AOL in Germany (PRWeek, 17 August).



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