Andy Hart

Former General Manager (A&O), Microsoft


Andy Hart heads up the Microsoft Advertising & Online team in Europe where he leads the growth of digital advertising for Microsoft and its European partners and has responsibility for all advertising revenues across 18 different markets. His remit covers sales and marketing for the brand portfolio that includes Bing, MSN, Xbox, Skype, Windows Phone, Windows 8 Ads in Apps, Mobile and Microsoft’s third party ad network alongside the Microsoft Advertising Exchange. At the core of Andy’s role is spearheading pan-regional customer and agency relationships and representing the region at a Corporate level, to help guide Microsoft Advertising’s global strategy.

Andy is an active leader within industry, sitting on the Advertising Association (AA) Council and on the board of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). His is also a guest lecturer at the London Business School and derives fulfillment from his ability to drive strategy for the next generation of digital advertisers.

With broad media experience across both agency and media owner roles, Andy has worked across IT, consumer and business publishing. An experienced board director, Andy has been CEO/MD of Associated Newspapers (Digital), Diageo, Ask, the Sunday Business newspaper and he was Senior VP, EMEA at IDG. Andy also sat on the boards of Associated Newspapers and Northcliffe Newspapers, where he was responsible for building digital businesses including the Mail Online, Jobsite network,, and the AND sales network.

With additional interests as an investor in digital businesses, a consultant and a non-executive director to creative and start-up companies, Andy Hart is the consummate Digital Media executive. In his own words: “I love the pace and impact of media and advertising. Having had the privilege of building many great brands and working with so many talented people stands me in good stead to work at the scale only a company like Microsoft can offer”.

Andy has a 14 year old son, Max, and a 5 year old Beagle called Bagel. He’s a passionate Arsenal supporter and has a small, but ever growing, collection of guitars which he plays badly.

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