Vijay Solanki steps down as IAB chief executive officer; Gai Le Roy appointed interim CEO

Vijay Solanki - IAB CEO-thumb-300x241-225436.jpgThe Board of IAB Australia has today announced that Vijay Solanki (left) has resigned from his role as chief executive officer. Gai Le Roy has been appointed interim CEO with immediate effect.

Says Cameron King, chair, IAB Australia Board: "Vijay has worked tirelessly to engage the digital media industry during his tenure, building out a stronger digital ecosystem and driving a number of valuable projects including the launch of our global best practice audience measurement Digital Content Ratings. He's led closer working relationships with IABs in other markets to deliver initiatives that increase trust and transparency including ads.txt from IAB Techlabs.
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Vijay for his passion and commitment to helping us build a healthy, diverse and sustainable digital advertising industry."

Says Libby Minogue, deputy chair, IAB Australia: "Vijay has built a strong network of experts with the IAB Councils, who have built relevant standards, whitepapers and events.  He leaves IAB Australia with stronger member engagement."

Says Solanki: "I've genuinely loved leading the growth of the IAB.  Our councils, membership and, most importantly, our output have all grown.  We've driven important initiatives together that have made a difference to the industry.  I'm grateful to the IAB team, our members and to the Board but it's time for a change and I'm looking forward to the next challenge."

Le Roy, who has been IAB Australia's director of research since 2016, is a well-respected industry figure, with over 20 years experience in the media and advertising industry. She has previously held senior roles at Fairfax Media, Nielsen and Nine.

The board has commenced the process of selecting a new CEO to lead IAB Australia to its next phase of growth.

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