LONDON – Specific Media, the leading independent online advertising network, announced the next stage in its growth strategy for Northern Europe. Specific Media will open an office in Copenhagen, Denmark on 1st March 2009. Three strategic senior hires will support the expansion into Scandinavia.
Michael Chabert, previously of AOL’s Advertising .com, has been appointed as Vice President of Northern Europe and will be responsible for overseeing the Danish launch, establishing Specific Media’s presence in Northern Europe and growing the company’s market share in this new territory. Prior to joining Specific Media, Chabert was the Country Manager of Advertising.com’s Denmark office for seven years, during which time he grew revenue by 100% between 2005 and 2006, negotiated contracts with the top 50 advertisers and 20 leading commercial portals in Denmark and expanded the office from one person to 15 members of staff.
Birgitte Jöhncke will become the country manager of Specific Media’s new Denmark office. She brings with her with nine years of experience from Yahoo!, where most recently she held the title of Head of Sales and Business development for Scandinavia. Johncke was instrumental in establishing the Yahoo! Denmark office and building strong relationships with advertisers in the region.
Supporting Chabert and Johncke will be Claus Osterby, who also joins from Advertising.com and fills the role of Sales Director. The combined team boasts more than 30 years experience in the online advertising space and brings with them great competitive insights and knowledge to build Specific Media’s offering in Northern Europe.
Colin Petrie-Norris, International Managing Director for Specific Media, said: “Growing our presence in Scandinavia plays a central role in our aggressive expansion plans for Europe and we are delighted to welcome such industry heavyweights such as Michael, Birgitte and Claus to Specific Media. Their industry experience and local expertise will help us to develop in the Scandinavian market and further expand our offering to advertisers across Europe.”
Chabert added, “Denmark was the natural choice for Specific Media’s Northern European headquarters. Its location, transport links and flexible workforce make it perfect hub for the company as we begin to offer our services across Scandinavia. Our extensive knowledge of the Scandinavian market combined with Specific Media’s powerful targeting technology will make a compelling offering for advertisers in the region over the coming months.”
Specific Media is a global technology and online media company that enables advertisers to reach target audiences with unprecedented scale and accuracy. The company connects advertisers with target audiences across its premium network of name brand publishers through advanced demographic, behavioural, contextual, geographic and retargeting technologies.
About Specific Media
Specific Media, the advertising industry’s largest independent online advertising network, leads the industry with ground-breaking technology which enables advertisers to target consumers throughout Western Europe and North America based on demographics, behaviours, geographic locations and the contextual relevance of websites visited. Specific Media’s Premium Network reaches more than 30 million consumers each month in the U.K and 225 million consumers globally. The combination of reach and proprietary targeting technologies allows Specific Media to create highly customised audience segments for advertisers. Since 1999, Specific Media has been enabling advertisers to build relationships with their target audiences across the top consumer branded publishers.