Former Google exec Kate Burns is joining social network Bebo in the newly-created role of VP and MD for Europe.
Burns will take overall responsibility for driving Bebo’s business in the UK and Europe and will report directly to Bebo CEO, Joanna Shields.
Burns joined Google in 2001 as its first employee outside the US and went on to develop the company’s most profitable and fastest growing region, rising to become Director, UK, Ireland and Benelux. Burns will be based at Bebo’s international headquarters in London, assuming her role on 4 August 2008.
Shields said: “Kate has a proven record in the UK’s digital media industry, having played a key role in its development over the last decade. Her creativity and dynamism makes Kate the natural choice for this new role as Bebo looks to further strengthen its position internationally.”
Before joining Google, Burns was Pan-European Sales Director for Altavista and before that she spent three years at Doubleclick joining as their first sales person in the UK. She has also worked for Ziff Davis and News International and most recently joined the world’s largest independent video sharing site, Dailymotion, as the company’s first Managing Director for the UK.
Burns explained: “Bebo has been at the very centre of the dramatic changes we have witnessed in the media landscape over the past two years.”