Fred Beckley, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs at The Meet Group, has been appointed to the board of directors at the Online Dating Association (ODA).
He joins a team including John Kershaw, founder of Bristlr, Dan Winchester, founder of FreeDating.co.uk, and Match Group’s Morgan Cauvin.
The six-person board will continue looking to develop and maintain industry standards, encouraging dating services of all kinds to trade responsibly. The ODA offers resources for consumers and companies alike on its website.
“We are thrilled that Fred has joined the ODA board,” said ODA Chairman Duncan Cunningham. “His experience in the social app and livestreaming video space provide insight and perspective that will greatly benefit the Association.
“Earlier this year we set out plans which included ensuring that the benefits of the ODA be recognised internationally, and I believe that Fred’s experience as part of a global company will help us make progress in this area.
“We will continue to develop standards and best practice for the industry as a whole, as well as focusing on regulatory and policy issues the sector is facing. Adding Fred to the board will further support our team with this important work.”
Beckley added: “The ODA has been integral in helping to establish standards for the online dating industry.
“Their work serves to benefit user safety and influence online policies and their safety efforts are closely aligned with those of The Meet Group. I look forward to being part of and contributing to the board of this important organisation.”
The ODA and The Meet Group both featured in a recent online discussion concerning user safety in the dating sector.
They were joined by representatives from Spark Networks and Match Group for a session that covered moderation, scamming and external regulation.
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