Aol Internal Memo On Its Future With HuffPo Leaked By… Aol’s Own TechCrunch
Michael Arrington took to TechCrunch (which, you may recall, was acquired by Aol late last year) to discuss a memo from Aol CEO Tim Armstrong on changes facing the company in the wake of its recent, and much-publicized, acquisition of Arianna Huffington‘s Huffington Post. As patt of the move, Huffington will oversee editorial across several of Aol’s blogs.
The memo comes on the heels of news that Aol’s former president media ,David Eun, is resigning from the company. Armstrong chalks up to the realization that “there wasn’t a fit for what he is looking for at this point in his career.” Jon Brod, currently president, AOL Ventures, will now also serve as COO of the newly-formed Huffington Post Media Group, reporting directly to Huffington on editorial matters and to Armstrong on business matters.
Other changes the company has to look forward to (or steel itself against), include an emphasis on using HuffPo verticals to attract “women, local, and influencers.” Additionally, Aol will “drive global plans in their verticals and be supported by the regional leaders in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Emerging Markets.”
Adam Clark Estes – who formerly worked with the Huffington Post – made the interesting observation via Twitter that Arrington essentially leaked an internal memo as a member of Aol’s team… even though Arrington notes in his post that the memo was sent as an email to “all staff except us.”
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