Andrew Brown, director-general of the Advertising Association on Tuesday announced his decision to stand down after thirteen years at the helm of the UK pan-advertising body.

In his term as DG, Brown ensured the views of of all side of the UK advertising industry were heard at the highest levels of business and government in the UK and Europe.

He represented the AA on issues as diverse as the extension of co-regulation to broadcast advertising; food, alcohol and tobacco advertising; the advertising of gambling, medicines and financial services; as well as product placement.

Commenting on his decision to withdraw, Brown said: "I have had a thoroughly enjoyable thirteen years, but now feel for personal and professional reasons that it is a good time to stand down.

Brown will not, however, entirely relinquish his work on behalf of the advertising industry. As requested by the Advertising Standards Board of Finance he will continue to act as part-time chairman of the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice. He will also remain a director both of ASBoF and the Broadcast Advertising Standards Board of Finance.

Brown's successor will be announced in due course.

Data sourced from Advertising Association (UK); additional content by WARC staff