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Chris Dobson Takes on Executive Chairman Role As The Exchange Lab Grows Its Worldwide Service to Customers

Cannes, June 16, 2014 – The Exchange Lab, the world’s largest programmatic digital media marketplace, has announced today that Chris Dobson, former Chairman, is taking on the new extended role of Executive Chairman with immediate effect.

Dobson, who joined the company in January 2014 as its non-executive Chairman, extends his responsibilities to drive business growth for The Exchange Lab on an international scale, working collaboratively with CEO James Aitken.  In addition to an operations and financial remit, this will include exploring ways to leverage his experience from former roles where he worked with many of the world’s biggest and most successful brand advertisers. He will lead the strategic development of the business to answer the increasing interest from customers worldwide in smart, effective and easy-to-use programmatic technology to achieve all forms of marketing KPIs, from performance through to brand. James Aitken will continue to manage sales and marketing across the organisation.

James Aitken, CEO, The Exchange Lab, said: “Over the past six months, Chris has demonstrated in a powerful way how his wealth of experience in digital media and advertising can help us answer the needs of customers worldwide.  I am very excited that he has agreed to play a more active role in leading our global offering as the world’s largest programmatic marketplace. The marketing industry is in a massive period of transition and we are perfectly positioned to provide the very best optimised programmatic marketplace for our customers, helping them do business digitally in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

Chris Dobson, Executive Chairman, The Exchange Lab, said: “I’ve been blown away by what has already being achieved here at The Exchange Lab so the opportunity to get even more involved in the business was too good to turn down. Our journey as a business is now entering its next exciting phase to help marketers, whoever and wherever they are, to get the best results from the integration of programmatic into their marketing plans.  We are in a great place to provide unrivalled business intelligence to our customers and I can’t wait to see how this impacts on the discipline of digital marketing worldwide.”

Prior to joining The Exchange Lab, Dobson was Executive Vice President and General Manager, BBC Advertising Division where he oversaw its international pay-TV channels and online services. He was responsible for advertising monetisation strategy and execution across all its commercial media assets across TV, online and mobile and managed sales and marketing teams in 18 offices across the US, EMEA and Asia.


About The Exchange Lab

The Exchange Lab is the world’s largest programmatic digital media marketplace. At The Exchange Lab our core proposition is to empower customers through applied advertising science. We have a unique platform agnostic approach to digital advertising and work in partnership with market leading DSP’s and exchanges. Our technology, DataLab, leverages key learnings across all platforms – an industry first. Founded in 2007 in the U.K., The Exchange Lab is a privately held company that serves more than 300 clients across 29 markets worldwide with offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Istanbul. To learn more, visit