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Passing the Torch at NAI

It is my passion for technology, innovation and privacy that first led me to NAI and it has been my privilege to serve as CEO for the past three years, but I’ve decided to pass the torch.  I am writing this post to share the news that I have decided not to renew my contract with NAI in order to pursue new opportunities and challenges. I have committed to staying until Spring 2015 to ensure a smooth transition while the Board identifies my successor. 

It has been an honor to work with the NAI Board, 12 of the most talented and experienced executives in the ad industry with a vision for both NAI and the future of the third party ad ecosystem.  

I am very proud of the amazing staff that we have attracted to NAI.  Our group of privacy professionals, ad industry veterans, computer scientists and data scientists is simply the best in the business.  It is our people who make NAI the leading self-regulatory association dedicated to responsible data collection and its use for digital advertising.  And the strength and talent of our team gives me full confidence that the future is bright for NAI.

Looking back, NAI has enjoyed many achievements over the past three years.  First, the NAI Code of Conduct has become the “gold standard” for self-regulation of third party advertising technology companies and related businesses.  At the same time, NAI has grown from a small association of ad networks based in Maine to a diverse organization with offices in New York City and Washington, DC.  We now count among our members 100 companies from across the globe that represent every facet of the third party advertising chain, both online and in mobile.  And we’ve created an annual Summit that brings together member organizations, regulators and legislators to discuss key areas of data security and consumer privacy. 

Underpinning all of this work is the recognition that the future of our dynamic industry hinges on the ability of all stakeholders to communicate, collaborate, and tackle the constantly evolving challenges together.

My commitment to self-regulation, innovation, and consumer privacy is not diminished, but I have determined that it is time for me to move on to new challenges.  I believe deeply in the mission of NAI and the value of robust self-regulation.  Successful self-regulation must start with high standards and be backed up with serious, ongoing compliance and enforcement.  NAI has both and I look forward to watching the organization continue to grow and prosper.

As for myself, I will continue to work on these issues, fueled by my passion for technology; the diverse, ad-supported Internet; and my deeply held belief that privacy is, and should always be, a core value of our society.

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