Appointed: August 2006
Skills and experience: Karen brings to the Board a wealth of experience of the online world. She launched AOL in the UK in 1995 and served as CEO of AOL UK from 1999 to 2006 and President of AOL Europe in 2006, developing both the telecoms and advertising lines of business. As Online Business Director of Vodafone UK, between April 2007 and June 2008, Karen was responsible for developing Vodafone UK’s Internet operations and fixed line telecoms business. She has a particular interest in developing female talent in organisations and the building of strong organisational cultures. Since 2009 she has been an active investor in early stage Internet-focused businesses such as MT Mobility Ltd and Return to Glory, addressing the mobility and beauty/health industries respectively.
Committee membership: Member of the Audit Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.
External appointments: Chairman of Outplay Entertainment Ltd (UK). Director of The Senior Clothing Company Ltd (UK).