We are pleased to announce that Mark Davies will join the Web Foundation as Director of Communications. Mark has extensive experience across the public, non-profit and commercial sectors, most recently at the Post Office in the UK where he was Group Communications and Corporate Affairs Director.
He began his career as a journalist, starting out as an editor of his university magazine before writing for local newspapers in Liverpool and then moving to the BBC and CNN. Mark transitioned from journalism with a desire to make a greater contribution to society by leading communications in organisations he believed were making a positive difference, first as a special advisor in government and later in the non-profit sector where he was Director of Communications and Campaigns for Rethink Mental Illness, an organisation that advocates for people with mental illness.
Adrian Lovett, Web Foundation President & CEO said:
“Mark is a top communications professional who has worked in high-pressure roles in government, charity and the corporate sector. With his leadership experience, communications talent and passion for social change, he will make a tremendous contribution in the fight for the web we want — one that is safe and empowering for everyone.”
Mark will manage a communications team based in Africa, Europe and the United States and will be part of the Web Foundation management team, playing a key role in setting the organisation’s strategic direction.
Commenting on his appointment, Mark said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Web Foundation and really excited about working with the team on its vitally important mission.
“The web is an incredible force for good, changing lives for the better and opening up opportunities for millions of people. But it faces significant challenges in an uncertain world, while too many people are still denied access to the benefits it can bring.
“I am really looking forward to working with the Web Foundation team to fight for the web we want for a brighter future.”
Mark will take up his position in March 2020. He will take over from Sarah Jacobs who has served as interim Communications Director since September 2019.
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