AOL Restructures, COO Grant To Oversee Programming, Products, Ad Sales
The biggest organizational change is that executives in charge of key divisions including programming, ad sales, instant messaging, and wireless will now report to Ron Grant, the newly named president and chief operating officer. Previously, those positions reported directly to former chairman and CEO Jonathan Miller--who was recently ousted in favor of NBC veteran Randy Falco.
In addition, Executive Vice President Kevin Conroy will now be responsible for the company's products, including its instant messaging service, video, and mobile, while Bill Wilson will head programming. A third executive, not yet named, will lead platforms, including search. Those three and four other executives--ad sales head Mike Kelly, paid services chief Kim Partoll, technology operations head Balan Nair, and an as-yet-unnamed chief executive for international--will report to Grant.
The new structure is designed to eliminate some of the previous overlaps in responsibility. For instance, in the past, Executive Vice President Jim Bankoff was in charge of programming as well as the instant messaging service. And responsibility for mobile previously fell to Joe Redling, who served as president of AOL's mobile, customer management and paid services businesses, as well as chairman and CEO of AOL International.
Bankoff and Redling both recently resigned from AOL, as did John Buckley, executive vice president for corporate communications.
AOL notified employees of the new management on Monday.