Ruth Brownlee has been appointed director of the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

Brownlee brings with her over 10 years’ experience in digital media, having been an instrumental figure in the growth of, Yahoo!, and a key innovator in developing online partnerships at Channel 4.

Simon Waldman, AOP chairman and group director of digital strategy and development, Guardian Media Group, said: “Ruth Brownlee is a natural choice to be AOP’s new director. Her industry experience and breadth of online expertise are second to none, and she will take the association to the next level, in what is an exciting period of growth for online publishing across the board.”

Ruth Brownlee added: "I am immensely excited about the role and the opportunity to lead an organisation that has such an impressive set of publishers behind it. There is real ambition within AOP and that excites me."

Brownlee has most recently been working as a digital strategy advisor to a variety of top publishing brands. She will take up her position with AOP at the end of January.

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About AOP
i) The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is an industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of approximately 160 publishing companies from diverse backgrounds including newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media. Together they publish around 1,150 products and attract more than five billion page impressions per month.

ii) AOP presents a unified voice to industry and Government, specifically to address issues and concerns relating to all areas of online publishing. AOP publishes original research, hosts forums, conferences and events, covering a range of topics from paid-for-content, subscription models and data protection, through to copyright, content management, new technologies and audience measurement.

iii) The AOP autumn Online Publishing Conference & Awards is its annual industry event. It attracts the biggest names in online publishing to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and celebrate outstanding achievement.

iv) Members include AN Digital, BBC, BSkyB, Channel 4, CMPi, CNET Networks, Condé Nast Interactive, Dennis Interactive, The Economist Group, Emap,, Future Publishing, GCAP Media, Guardian Unlimited, Haymarket Publishing, Hearst Digital Network, Incisive Media, Independent Digital, IPC Media, ITV Online, News International, Reed Business Information, Reuters Group, Telegraph Group Limited, Trinity Mirror Group and Which?. In addition, PPAi (Periodical Publishers Association Interactive) retains a corporate seat on AOP board: representing the interests of magazine publishers online.

Published on: 12:00AM on 5th December 2007