Pan European Kate Burns at Bebo
Bebo has appointed a second female internet hero to preside over its Pan European strategy. Apart from Joanna Shields who moved to parent AOL, former Google director Kate Burns joins Bebo as VP and MD for Europe (CBS).
Burns had just started as UK MD for video sharing site Daily Motion, a channel that also had European-wide aspirations. Prior to that, she was the Google UK and European director. There she was the company's first employee outside of the US. She left that position to spend more time with her family.
Kate Burns is a perfect example of a manager who is able to understand how to break into the European market; understanding the economic systems of differerent European countries, as well as its many languages and cultures. Other businesswomen who master this quality will prove to be very valuable to a lot of startups, wishing to become succesful through expansion across Europe.
The social network Bebo, founded by fellow female internet hero Xoichi Birch, was recently acquired by AOL.
One of Burns' famous quote is: 'It's the network of people you surround yourself with that make you successful, so shut up and listen to them.' (BBC)
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