AOL Names Bebo VP Head Of European Sales

    July 8, 2009

AOL has named Kate Burns as head of its European Sales division where she will be in charge of ad sales on AOL’s properties.

Burns was previously Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, of AOL’s social media company, Bebo. In her new role, Burns will report directly to AOL Global Advertising and Strategy President Jeff Levick.

"Europe is key to realizing our mission of being the largest global platform for online display advertising.  Kate is the right person to build our European management sales team and lead this effort," said Levick.

Kate Burns
Kate Burns

Burns has more than 10 years experience launching and leading a number of businesses in Europe. Before joining Bebo in July 2008, Burns was Managing Director of Dailymotion UK, where she was responsible for growing its audience, developing an advertising sales operations and creating partnerships with brands and ad agencies.

Burns was also Director, UK, Ireland and Benelux at Google, which she joined in 2001 as its first employee outside the U.S. She has also held sales positions at AltaVista and DoubleClick, as well as Ziff Davis and News International.

AOL has advertising operations in nine countries in Europe, including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. AOL had the second largest ad network in Europe in May with 173 million visitors, according to comScore.