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Aug 28th 2013

AOL Welcomes Luke Beatty as Head of Strategic Partnerships

I'm excited to announce that Luke Beatty is joining AOL as Head of Strategic Partnerships. In this newly created position, Luke will work with our business development, technology, advertising and content teams to create partnerships that will leverage outside thinking and resources to help build better products and services.

Luke's passion for the industry is coupled with deep roots in the digital media, content and tech spaces. His addition to the team is a great moment for us as we continue to open up AOL's content and capabilities to the best partners in the world.

His background includes Techstars – the world's leading seed fund accelerator located in Boulder – where he was the Managing Director; and Yahoo, where he was a VP and central business lead for its crowd-driven properties: Flickr, Yahoo Local, Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Answers and Yahoo Contributor Network in the Americas.

In 2004, Luke founded Associated Content, an extremely successful venture whose first investor was Tim Armstrong. Known as the first and the largest crowdsourcing content collection platform in the world, Associated Content enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals to publish and generate revenue from the millions of articles, videos and images they contributed and built the web's largest freelancer community and distributed that community's content to media partners including Reuters, Yahoo and Turner. Luke ran Associated Content until Yahoo acquired it in 2010.

We're confident Luke will make a huge impact at AOL and look forward to his leadership. Please join me in welcoming him to the team on September 9.

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Apr 11th 2013

PepsiCo's Peter Land Joins AOL To Lead Corporate Communications

Today I'm pleased to share that we have appointed Peter Land as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. In this role Peter will develop and oversee AOL's global external and internal corporate communications strategies and work with AOL's brands to drive their respective communications efforts. He'll also work in concert with our investor relations, government affairs and public policy groups. As a member of the company's leadership team, Peter will be based in New York and report to me.

With more than 25 years of senior level communications experience working for several of the world's leading media companies and brands, Peter's ability to navigate the dynamic media and digital environments, develop and manage teams worldwide and work strategically and effectively in both the consumer marketing and corporate reputation arenas will make him a critically important member of our leadership team. He has managed multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder efforts on a global stage, which will become more and more important to AOL as we continue to grow.

Peter joins AOL from PepsiCo, where he served in a number of senior leadership roles – most recently overseeing global media strategy, financial communications and issues management. He joined PepsiCo in 2009 to oversee communications for the PepsiCo America Beverages division and manage the company's corporate digital strategy. Before joining PepsiCo, he was a global managing director of Edelman. He was Director of Marketing Communications for the NBA and worked for Kraft Foods in London as Director of European Promotions. He began his career as a sportswriter for the Washington Post and earned a B.A. from Duke University. He is an adjunct professor at NYU's Stern School of Business.

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