Shift Taps Former AOL Europe CEO Kate Burns As Managing Director, U.K. And Europe

KateBurns650Former AOL Europe CEO Kate Burns joined social marketing platform Shift as managing director of U.K. and Europe operations.

Burns will be based out of Shift’s London office, and she will be tasked with expanding the company’s presence in Europe and driving market adoption of its Shift Open Marketing Cloud.

After AOL Europe, Burns established EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) operations for cross-device ad targeting startup Drawbridge, and prior to AOL Europe, she was the first international employee at Google, eventually becoming director of the U.K., Ireland, and Benelux.

Shift Co-Founder and CEO James Borow said in a release announcing Burns’ hire:

Expanding our international footprint and the solutions we provide marketers is one of our top priorities. Global advertisers are challenged with driving the right message to the right audience at a local, regional, and global level. We’re committed to delivering technology that allows marketers to leverage the data and advertising solutions they need to reach their customer, wherever they are and at any time. Kate is the ideal leader to drive our international growth and adoption of Shift’s Open Marketing Cloud. As a proven digital veteran with deep experience in building successful European operations from the ground up, Kate will be instrumental in enabling Shift to provide new revenue opportunities to marketers.

Burns added:

International advertisers are facing some of the same challenges as U.S. advertisers. Consumers are spread across devices and channels, making it extremely difficult for marketers to engage with customers at scale and achieve their business results. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to join the Shift team and help global advertisers adopt Shift’s Open Marketing Cloud. With over two decades of experience in this industry, I look forward to working with global advertisers to leverage Shift’s Open Marketing Cloud to make smart, real-time decisions that help maximize their ROI (return on investment) across Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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