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Feb 13th 2014

AOL Canada Hires Susan Byng as Head of Specialist Sales

AOL Canada announced to the industry today that they have hired Susan Byng in an important new leadership role as Head of Specialist Sales.

Under Susan's leadership, the Sales Specialist team, which will include all product specialist sales resources, will drive deep focus on products and platforms, including programmatic, premium formats, branded content, video and mobile advertising solutions and ensure that we are working together with our partners to drive innovation in the advertising space.

Susan has distinguished herself in the Canadian digital industry through increasingly senior roles at Yellow Pages, Canoe, Bell Canada, Canwest, and most recently Microsoft where she led a high performance team of AEs and Sales Specialists. We are thrilled to welcome her to the AOL Canada team.

We are also pleased to announce that Dana Toering, AOLC Head of Sales, will take on additional responsibilities for driving revenue success for AOL Canada. Dana will lead all revenue efforts for AOL Canada, including sales, business development, publisher and member services. In this role, all AOL Canada Account Executives and business development resources will continue to report to Dana and he will add publisher and member services resources to his team.

Vivian Ip, AOLC Head of Agency Development, will also take on new sales operations responsibility and, in collaboration with Andrew Consky, AOLC Director of Research, will take on responsibility for delivering thought leadership through research to our valued clients.

Great news for the success of AOL Canada. Congratulations to Dana & Vivian and welcome Susan!!

Nov 25th 2013

AOL Named One of the Great Places to Work in D.C.

We're honored that Washingtonian magazine has named AOL one of the 50 Great Places to Work in the D.C. Area!

AOL was selected from more than 13,000 nominations, with criteria that included worker satisfaction, flexibility, work/life balance and workplaces that employees enjoying going to each day. Once the nominations were narrowed down to the top 200, the companies were compared by size and the final 50 were selected.

To celebrate, the Dulles campus enjoyed a drop-by breakfast at three locations.

Nov 13th 2013

Donate to Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief Efforts

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday, November 8, killing up to 10,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of others. As they recover, the people in the Philippines will need financial support.

Outside of the AOL community and want to help? Tell your friends and post on social media that they can support the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts through Network for Good.

If you're an AOL employee and would like to help out with Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief Efforts, visit the AOL Community Relations site at AOL.yourcause.com. Through AOL's Matching Grants program, donate $25 or more and AOL will match your donation up to $250. It's a great time to take advantage of the program before the $250 donation match amount expires at the end of the year and resets in January.

AOL is also providing support for the relief effort via content, and we're working with our partner, Network for Good, to provide opportunities for consumers to easily donate.

Nov 8th 2013

Leigh Freund Promoted to Head of Global Public Policy at AOL

As the digital industry continues to evolve at a record pace and protecting our users remains front and center in our mission, it's important that AOL continue to work closely with regulators and lawmakers on new policies. I am thrilled to announce that Leigh Freund has accepted the role of Head of Global Public Policy at AOL in Washington, D.C. Leigh will direct AOL's policy strategy, working closely with government and industry partners on key issues, including patent reform and intellectual property, privacy, data protection, user transparency and Internet accessibility.

Leigh will partner with me and the senior management team to drive a leading voice on digital policy in Washington. Leigh's background on Capitol Hill and her intimate knowledge of matters faced by our advertisers, partners and consumers positions her well to help elevate our voice on issues with influencers.

Leigh has been with AOL 10 years, most recently as Vice President & Chief Counsel leading the AOL Advertising legal team. She provided advice and counsel on business strategy, commercial transactions, strategic acquisitions and complex advertising and technology agreements. Also during her tenure at AOL, she has worked closely with the public policy and privacy teams to promote and develop responsible data collection and management practices, user transparency guidelines and compliance with the industry's self-regulatory programs.

Before joining AOL in 2004, she worked as an Associate at K&L Gates where she counseled investment advisors, hedge funds and off-shore development funds on general corporate legal matters, and federal securities law disclosures and compliance issues. Earlier in her career, Leigh worked with Representative Fred Upton (R) from her home state of Michigan, first as his inaugural congressional intern and later as a member of the congressman's staff where she drafted policy papers and managed constituent affairs.

AOL's public policy office in Washington was established in 2009 following the spin out from Time Warner. We have a leading voice in the D.C. market, having worked closely over the past four years with government and industry partners on new policies, and we are a founding member of the Internet Association. I am excited for Leigh to step into her new role to build on AOL's public policy strategy with influencers.

Here's what Leigh had to say about her new role: "The complexities of the digital space require media and tech companies like AOL to have a voice in shaping intelligent public policy that can withstand the pace of innovation. While an employee of AOL, I am really working on behalf of our constituencies, including our advertisers, partners and most importantly consumers, on the issues that matter most to them."

Leigh is an active participant in several industry organizations devoted to compliance with key regulatory initiatives and principles, including the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA).

Leigh holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Please join me in congratulating her in this next step in her long tenure at AOL.

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