Ben McOwen Wilson

Managing Director, YouTube UK & Regional Director, EMEA

Ben is Managing Director of YouTube UK, where he is responsible for all business operations and strategy, and Regional Director for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

His remit includes working with some of YouTube's largest global sports, news and traditional media partners as well as many of the platform's most-recognised endemic creators - our YouTubers. Ben has led YouTube’s growth in various roles across EMEA for the past 10 years.

Prior to YouTube, Ben was a Managing Director at ITV Plc - the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster - for six years, where he oversaw the launch and growth of ITV’s digital and new media businesses. During his tenure, he co-created, and was Chairman of Project Kangaroo - the proposed VoD joint venture between BBC, Channel 4 and ITV - he also launched FreeSat, the UK’s free satellite television platform.

Previously a Partner in a strategy consulting firm, Ben has 25 years experience in the field of media, entertainment, and the internet, including a stint as CEO of UEFA New Media.