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May 9th 2013

Cyndi Stivers Joins AOL as Editor-In-Chief of AOL.com

It's my pleasure to announce that AOL has hired Cyndi Stivers, a decorated journalist and digital media expert, to join our team as Editor-in-Chief of AOL.com.

In her new role reporting to me, she will drive all editorial and programming across the AOL homepage, all associated apps and syndicated feeds.

She joins us from the Columbia Journalism Review, where she was the Editor-in-Chief. Her award-winning resume prior to that includes senior editorial and management roles with Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Time Out New York, and Premiere.

There were many characteristics that cemented Cyndi as our top choice including her programming vision, a strong creative track record, and a knack for mentoring editorial talent.

As we evolve AOL.com as a content destination, we will look to Cyndi to ensure the site showcases the most compelling stories relevant to our viewers and drive a distinctive editorial voice. We'll also be relying on her creativity to help us ignite our live programming and add more opportunities for visitors to engage with each other around our content.

Susan Lyne, CEO of AOL's Brand Group, has worked with Cyndi twice before. In her words: "I know first hand that Cyndi will bring world-class editorial leadership and creative thinking to this role with AOL.com. Our entire stable of brands will benefit from her management of the homepage's reach to help drive network wide events to showcase everything AOL has to offer."

"Adding a talent like Cyndi to the AOL.com team is an exciting moment for our brand," says Francis Lobo, President of AOL Services Group. "Her expertise will ensure we continue to provide compelling content and experiences to the millions of people that enjoy AOL.com."

Cyndi will start in early June- please join me in welcoming Cyndi to the AOL family.

Apr 11th 2013

AOL Canada Ranked One of the Best Places to Work

AOL Canada is proud and honored to have been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada, ranking fourth on this year's list.

This list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture.

This award just helps to validate our approach to the workspace. We are dedicated to encouraging a positive work environment with initiatives such as work benefits, health and fitness programs, charity work and educational opportunities. With a dedicated leadership team led by Graham Moysey, general manager of AOL Canada and SVP of AOL Global O&O, we embrace a transparent strategy that includes all employees as thought leaders and contributors.

We're especially excited to win this award in the midst of huge growth over the past three years, - we now have offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.

Join us! To see if there is an AOL opportunity out there for you, visit our Careers site.

Aug 7th 2012

AOLer Fletcher Jones Inspires Incubator Lab


As Senior Director of AOL's Strategic Partnerships, Fletcher "Fletch" Jones knows how to bring together powerful parties to collaborate on a greater vision. Working with a number of AOL's larger relationships that power websites like DailyFinance, AOL Jobs, and AOL Real Estate, Jones and his team focuses on deal performance. "Business Development does the deals and then someone has to work with the partners and the AOL GMs to make sure the potential of the deal is realized for both parties," said Jones. "I'm an advocate for the partner within AOL and for AOL when dealing with the partner. It's an enjoyable role because of the relationships required both inside and outside the company as well as the real, measurable business metrics involved."

Jones utilized his relationship management skills when collaborating with fellow AOLers, Bud Rosenthal and Brian McMahon, to found Fishbowl Labs, a startup incubator for the D.C. tech community that lives on AOL's Dulles campus. How did Fishbowl Labs begin? "The idea itself – to provide free space on campus to local startups – was not a new one," said Jones. "It is something we'd proven out in Palo Alto and New York. Many in Dulles had asked the question – why not here? I think the reality is that you just need someone or a small group of someones to take the initiative and see it through. Bud Rosenthal, Brian McMahon and I worked on the idea and pitched it to local VC and startup community for probably nine months before the first company moved in."

"The Fishbowl," named for its glass walls, is a perfect space to showcase the startup community. When looking for startups to join the lab, Jones and team look for a strong cultural fit within AOL and the other startups already in the portfolio. Jones explains that "they also look at the problem the startups are solving for and the technology and ideas they employ. What we don't worry too much about is whether their business is going to scale into the next LivingSocial. Since we aren't investing, we can put an emphasis on the culture fit and knowledge transfer and still win big."

When discussing the Dulles tech scene, Jones shares that "people would be surprised by the number of technical folks working in basements and garages in northern Virginia. We got our first six companies in through word of mouth alone. Recent stories by Washington Business Journal and TechCocktail have also created a real surge in interest. A 'Build it and they will come' mentality is really how it's playing out for Fishbowl Labs right now."

Jones joined AOL through the acquisition of Netscape Communications in 1999 and has worked in product management, marketing and business operations roles over the years. A former rower at the University of Michigan, Jones still enjoys exercising as well as coaching and home improvement. His favorite AOL product is AOL Mail and "like many, has had the address for a long time and it's part of my identity." Jones is also addicted to caffeine "and can't operate without coffee first thing in the morning."

Learn more about Fishbowl Labs by reading these articles by BizJournals and TechCocktail or follow them on Twitter at @FishbowlLabs.

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