The Web Foundation has named Adrian Lovett, as its new President & Chief Executive Officer taking over from interim CEO Jose M. Alonso, who has led the Foundation since May 2017 when Anne Jellema moved on after five years in the CEO position.
According to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, and Founding Director of the Web Foundation said: “Adrian brings to the Foundation his broad experience in driving policy change on complex issues, as well as his skills in leading and managing diverse international teams. He shares our commitment to digital equality, and believes in the web as a powerful catalyst for change. “
The experienced advocate and campaigner will lead the Foundation’s diverse international team of advocates, researchers and activists on five continents in their work to secure the policy changes necessary for digital equality — a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online. Recently interim CEO for the global anti-poverty campaign, ONE, Lovett is expected to drive policy change along with the Board and Web Foundation team, especially at this time when defending and enhancing the open web is critical for humanity.
Lovett’s 20-year career in international development and advocacy has centred on delivering policy change on complex global issues in North America, Europe and the Global South. He played a leading role in campaigns such as Make Poverty History and Jubilee 2000, and held senior posts at Oxfam and Save the Children.
“Every woman and every man should have the power to access and use the open web to improve their lives, whether in London or Lagos. Achieving this digital equality will not only help the world overcome poverty and disease – it can enable all of us to fulfil our human potential. But it will require an intensified, co-ordinated effort that engages and inspires citizens and policy-makers around the world. I’m thrilled to have the chance to contribute to that effort, and to work with the fantastic Web Foundation team and its partners to achieve our goal.”
Established by web inventor Sir Tim-Berners-Lee in 2009, the Web Foundation’s mission is to establish the open web as a public good and a basic right. The foundation sees Adrian’s unique background and experience in public policy as important assets to its mission globally. Adrian will take up the post on 4 September.