The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) announces that Ruth Brownlee will step down from her full-time role as Director at the end of October 2008, she was appointed in January this year. A successor will be recruited.

Ruth Brownlee commented, “I’ve had to make the very tough decision to resign from my position at AOP – based purely on the needs of my young family. I’ve totally enjoyed my time here: it’s been a challenging, stimulating and immensely satisfying job and one that I will find hard to leave. I’ve worked with an inspiring team, and I know the AOP has a very exciting future. Its membership and ambition is strong – with some great plans afoot for ’09 – I’ll miss being part of it.

Simon Waldman, AOP Chairman added, “Ruth has given us eight phenomenally productive months, she has given the AOP some much needed energy and clarity of purpose and she will leave us in a much better shape to drive the organisation forward and with a greater vision of what AOP means to its members, partners and stakeholders.”

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Further information from:
Ruth Brownlee, Director AOP 020 7400 75100
Lorette Nettar, PR for AOP 07968 521 684

About AOP
The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is the industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of companies from newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media.

The AOP raises awareness, lobbies and addresses concerns relating to all areas of online publishing to industry and Government; covering topics such as paid-for-content, online subscription models, data protection, copyright, content management, new technologies and audience measurement.

AOP publishes original research including the annual Census now in its sixth year. It also hosts forums, conferences and events, where members can debate issues, meet peers and network. The AOP’s flagship event Digital Publishing Summit & Awards will be held on 1 October 2008.

AOP Members include AN Digital, Bauer Consumer Media, BBC, BBC News Interactive, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB, Centaur Media Plc, Channel 4 New Media, CMP Information, CNET Networks UK, Dennis Publishing, Financial Times, Future, GCap Media, Guardian Media Group plc, Guardian News & Media, Haymarket Media Group, Hearst Digital, Incisive Media, Incisive Media Ltd, Independent New Ventures, IPC Media, ITV, News International Ltd, PPA, Reed Business Information, Reuters Group, Telegraph Media Group Ltd, The Condé Nast Publications (UK), The Economist Group, Trinity Mirror, TSL Education, Which? In addition, PPAi (PPA Interactive) retains a corporate seat on the AOP board: representing the interests of magazine publishers online.

Published on: 12:00AM on 17th September 2008