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Oath taps Anna Watkins as UK managing director


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

June 26, 2018 | 3 min read

Anna Watkins has been hired as Oath's UK managing director and country commercial director, joining after a stint at Mofilm where she was global chief executive and director.


Oath hires new UK MD

Watkins will be responsible for developing and growing the clients for Oath’s advertising solutions, and building upon the existing media brands, platforms and partnerships.

With over 20 years of experience, she's clocked in time at MoFilm, You and Mr Jones and The Guardian Labs. She started 2 July.

She will report to vice president of EMEA Stuart Flint who said: "Anna brings a wealth of experience across the digital marketing industry to this pivotal role for Oath. Her leadership, expertise and experience across the content marketing, video and technology fields made her absolutely the right choice to be at the forefront of Oath’s next chapter in the UK.

“Oath is on track to turbo charge its branded content, video and emerging tech experiences, meeting nearly 42 million consumers in the right moment across every device in the UK with our unique blend of media brands, partnerships and platforms. We are setting up to take Oath to the next level and we’re very excited to have Anna lead our UK team into this next phase of our evolution.”

On her hire, Watkins said: “When the opportunity came up to lead the UK team it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. Oath’s premium media brands and power of its technology platforms combine to make it one of the most significant players in the advertising industry. Its brand-safe, premium environments and approach to building content in partnership with brands and agencies is exactly what marketers need right now.”

Oath claims to reach 88% of the online population through its media brands and global partnership with Microsoft. Its brands in the UK include HuffPost, Yahoo News, Sport & Finance, Tumblr, AOL, Engadget, TechCrunch, MSN, Xbox, Outlook and Yahoo Mail.

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Oath Inc. is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications that serves as the umbrella company of its digital content subdivisions, including AOL and Yahoo!. Verizon acquired AOL on June 23, 2015, and Yahoo!'s operating business on June 13, 2017. Following the completion of the Yahoo! sale and merger under Oath, AOL and Yahoo! maintain their respective brands.

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