The Online Publishers Association Europe (OPA Europe) has elected new members to its Bureau

Paris/Berlin, May 12th, 2004. More than one year after its foundation OPA Europe has elected a new Bureau and President to better represent its increasing international membership. The 12 members, leading online-publishers from 8 European countries, voted on their regular assembly for a further expansion within Europe. The goal is to foster the interests of high quality online publishers with its elite audiences consisting of more then 10 million users among the OPA members alone. Julien Jacob, Managing Director CNET Networks France and Vice President of Commerce Europe, is succeeding Bruno Patino as President of the association. Bruno Patino was head of OPA Europe since March, 2003. Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Editor in Chief of Spiegel Online, continues as Vice President. Vittorio Zambardino, Online Strategist at Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, will serve as Secretary General and Christianna Burgess, Managing Director of Le Monde Interactif, will be Treasurer. Koro Castellano, General Manager of El Mundo.es, was elected regular member of the Bureau

Julien Jacob, new President of OPA Europe comments : « OPA Europe has proven its utility and enters now a new area where the online market is maturing. Among all OPA members, we see impressive growth of online advertising revenues, so it’s time to structure the market and demonstrate the advertising effectiveness on websites of high quality online publishers. »

OPA Europe Press Contact :
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About OPA Europe :
Founded in March 2003 by some of the European Internet’s leading content brands, the OPA Europe is an organization dedicated to represent the interests of first-rate online publishers before the advertising community, the press, all governmental and European institutions and the public at large. OPA Europe is committed to producing ground-breaking research into online advertising and media consumption with the goal of advancing the online publishing industry. Through credible research and ongoing communications, OPA Europe seeks to establish and promote the Internet as an effective advertising medium for marketers and a sustainable media business for publishers, thereby ensuring the continued availability of quality content to serve the public good.

Members of OPA Europe are : CNET Networks (Europe), Kataweb (Italy), Group Financial Times (Great Britain and France), La Vanguardia Digital (Spain), International Herald Tribune (Europe), Kathimerini (Greece), Le Monde interactif (France), Le Temps (Switzerland), Prisacom/El Pais (Spain), RCS Mediagroup (Italy), El Mundo.es (Spain) and Spiegel Online (Germany).

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