Mission & Activities

IAB Europe is the leading European-level industry association for the digital advertising ecosystem. Its mission is to promote the development of this innovative sector and ensure its sustainability by shaping the regulatory environment, demonstrating the value digital advertising brings to Europe’s economy, to consumers and to the market, and developing and facilitating the uptake of harmonised business practices that take account of changing user expectations and enable digital brand advertising to scale in Europe.

Our mission is to promote the development of online advertising through:

Shaping the regulatory environment

Our Policy team follows developments impacting our industry from data protection to self-regulation to e-privacy. The team works closely with experts in taskforces with the Policy Committee.

Investing in research

We provide proof of the value of digital marketing techniques and platforms through research. undertaking useful benchmarking and shared pan-European studies and surveys including the AdEx Benchmark report and further partner reports.

Providing thought-leadership

We promote the role of online advertising through events, white papers and public relations. Several Committees and taskforces are running, with members and staff drawing on expertise and resources to deliver products and services for the industry.

Establishing business standards

We increase the engagement across the network on policy matters; and in increasing the focus on the business of standardisation and measurement across Europe.

Delivering education and training

IAB Europe’s Education & Training Committee aims to bridge the gap between national IABs and private training centres. In doing so, IAB Europe and its members help raise digital skills in Europe and thus contribute to a more thriving market for all parties involved.

Townsend Feehan- Chief Executive Officer
Townsend Feehan is CEO of IAB Europe. Prior to joining IAB Europe, Townsend worked for Microsoft Legal & Corporate Affairs in Brussels and ran EU industry associations in the ICT, consumer electronics and biotechnolo... moregy sectors. She previously represented Microsoft on IAB Europe’s Board. Townsend has an M. Phil. in European policy from the University of Edinburgh.
Alison Fennah- Executive Business Advisor
Alison is responsible for expanding the IAB Europe research and marketing programmes. Alison brings with her over 20 years experience in marketing, business development and finance. She was previously Executive Director ... moreof the European Interactive Advertising Association, and joined IAB Europe when the two companies merged in May 2011. Alison helped to launch the EIAA in 2002 and oversaw the development of a wide-ranging activity programme involving: consumer, advertising and market research; event programmes across Europe; standardisation activities and education, of both the market and government, on the role of interactive advertising all aimed at growing the European interactive advertising market. In the 1990s, Alison worked in senior roles in European Marketing and PR with companies such as Yahoo! and Acclaim Entertainment, she also worked on the launch of some of the first Sony Playstation games. Alison started her career with Barclays in a variety of international banking roles. She speaks five languages and has a BA Hons degree In French and Spanish from Birmingham University.
Marie-Clare Puffett- Business Programmes Manager
Marie-Clare is Business Programmes Manager at IAB Europe. Her main responsibilities include the management of IAB Europe business committees and projects within the programmatic, brand advertising and research work strea... morems. She also manages the new member induction process. Marie-Clare holds a First Class BA (Hons) Marketing degree and before joining IAB Europe held marketing and business development roles.
Matthias Matthiesen- Director, Privacy & Public Policy
Matthias is responsible for European data protection and privacy policy at IAB Europe. Matthias has previously worked for public affairs consultancy Weber Shandwick and for a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a... more Master of Laws (LL.M.) in European law from Maastricht University, the Netherlands and speaks English, German and Italian.
Greg Mroczkowski- Public Policy Manager
Greg oversees running of the Policy Committee, currently focusing on executing various aspects of the policy advocacy strategy and economic research programme. He is also responsible for ad blocking and liaises with the ... moreCoalition for Better Ads. Greg has previously worked for European Advertising Standards Alliance and Federation of Direct and Interactive Advertising in Brussels, as well as for several NGOs on active citizenship projects. He holds MLitt in Politics from University of Dundee, UK & MA in Linguistics from University of Rzeszow, Poland.
Alex Macarescu- Programme Manager
Alex graduated with a BA in Cultural Studies from the Faculty of Foreign Languages, American Studies Department, University of Bucharest, in 2002. Prior to his involvement with IAB Europe, Alex worked as trainer for a nu... morember of educational institutions where he coordinated the education programmes in addition to his teaching responsibilities. His role at IAB Europe includes the launch and implementation of various IAB Europe projects on education and training.
Chris Hartsuiker- Manager, Privacy & Public Policy
As Manager for Privacy & Public Policy at IAB Europe, Chris's role is split between driving IAB Europe's GDPR Implementation Group and advocating for the online advertising industry in Brussels through its Digital Si... morengle Market Task Force.
Grace Earley- Public Policy Assistant
Grace just concluded a ten-month internship in the office of Sean Kelly MEP. Prior, she completed a Bachelors degree in European Studies in the University of Limerick, Ireland. She also speaks English, Irish and French.
Colombe Michaud- Senior Communications Manager
Colombe holds BA in Art History and a MA in Business communications. Prior to her involvement with IAB Europe, Colombe worked as a Communications Manager at Microsoft Europe and as a Communications consultant for Europea... moren Communications projects for the European Commission. Her role at IAB Europe includes the management and the coordination of digital communications activities.
Ioana Mardare- Operations and Business Manager
Ioana holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies, New Media and Society in Europe from Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Prior to joining IAB Europe, she worked for the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) o... moren administration and finance. As Operations and Business Manager at IAB Europe, Ioana oversees the operation of the IAB Europe HQ in Brussels, co-owns budget & financial management and “rhythm of the business” with the CEO. She is responsible for human resources, communications infrastructure and general administration, and drives process excellence. Ioana speaks English, French and Romanian.

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