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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Advertising trade group head Rothenberg leaves for Time

By Cecilia Kang

The Interactive Advertising Bureau said Monday its CEO, Randall Rothenberg, a leading opponent of Internet privacy regulations, will leave the trade group to become chief digital officer of Time Inc.

A replacement hasn't been named and the trade group, whose members are responsible for about nine out of ten ads on the Internet, has begun the search for a new leader.

Rothenberg, who has been IAB's president and CEO since January 2007, will leave the position on January 17.

IAB has been the leading industry voice against Internet privacy regulations as high profile data breaches and increasing concerns over privacy on the Web have led to proposals from the Federal Trade Commission and lawmakers for rules that curb how much data companies can collect about users.

IAB Executive vice president, Patrick Dolan, will be acting CEO.

Mike Zaneis, who was recently named senior vice president and general council, focuses on matters related to public policy in Washington, D.C.

"Over the past four years, this management team has worked to grow the IAB membership by 50 percent, and has more than doubled our revenues," said David Moore, founder of 24/7 Real Media and chairman of IAB's board, in a statement. "hey have advocated effectively for us in Washington, and made our industry a public policy force to be reckoned with."

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By Cecilia Kang  | December 13, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
Categories:  FTC, Privacy  
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