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Jul 14th 2014

Julie Jacobs Named in Profile Magazine's "Top General Counsel of 2014"

We're thrilled to announce that AOL's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Julie Jacobs was featured in Profile Magazine's 2014 Top General Counsel Issue. Responsible for all legal, regulatory, compliance and public policy matters for AOL, Julie also oversees AOL's Corporate Services function.

Each year, Profile Magazine showcases those who are raising the bar for in-house counsel. This year's picks know how to be true partners to the business. They are risk mitigators, voices of reason, and sounding boards for the CEO. The piece focused on Julie's assistance spearheading the growth of AOL, citing her as "the catalyst for one of the most lucrative deals that set the comeback company on a path to make history."

You can read the full article here.

Jul 11th 2014

The Missing Page To The Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World

Kicking-off the week, Business Insider published a great, forward-leaning piece outlining 22 of the most powerful women engineers in the world. At AOL, we've known all along that women in tech are an impressive and powerful constituency, and applaud BI for highlighting those who often fall under the radar.

In the spirit of celebrating women tech leaders, we think BI's headline meant to say: "Top 27 of the Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World." Luckily, just ahead of the weekend, we've located the last page of the article. Meet five bright and powerful women engineers from AOL.

No. 23: AOL, Yumei Tung

Job Title: Chief Architect

Team: AOL Advertising Technologies

Location: Dulles, VA

Why she's powerful: Yumei currently leads the team that designed and developed several tools critical to monetizing advertising revenue. Using her team's proprietary Stream Analysis Framework (SAF), which shortens the processing loop for data integration and analysis, she led the team that designed systems like real-time ad log impression/click/conversion, real-time predictive segments and real-time advertising reporting. Yumei believes that a curious mind -- coupled with the desire to take on challenges and constantly learn -- is critical to succeed in the industry.

No. 24: AOL, Christa Stelzmuller

Job Title: Chief Data Architect

Team: Gravity

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Why she's powerful: Christa brings nearly twenty years of experience to the field of Big Data. She began her career in startups -- one of which was acquired and integrated into Yahoo -- and built content integration systems from the ground up. She co-invented an enhanced text-matching method in which she holds a patent, and has a patent pending for her work on music playlist recommendations.

Christa went on to become Chief Data Architect at MySpace during its peak years of traffic, where she oversaw the data architecture of the storage systems and drove the development of a high-volume messaging system that brought transactional integrity to disparate data stores. She currently works at Gravity, architecting and managing the petabytes of data that flow from Gravity's recommendations systems.

No. 25: AOL, Jade Chu

Job Title: Technology Director of Infrastructure Development

Team: AOL Infrastructure Development

Location: Dulles, VA

Why she's powerful: Jade is responsible for crystallizing the application of AOL's internal cloud. After working as a software engineer for an ad serving and advertising campaign management application, and then a small government contracting shop, she realized she preferred the fast-paced Internet environment.

What inspired Jade to enter the industry? After her mother, originally from Taiwan, traveled to the U.S. to obtain a masters in computer science, Jade says "Mom showed me that a woman can be a needed, valued and highly recruited resource in technology."

No. 26: AOL, Jing Wang


Job Title: Senior Principal Software Engineer

Team: AOL Platforms

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Why she's powerful: Jing is the technical lead on AOL's Predictive Segments and Real-time Predictive Segments on the R&D team in Palo Alto. Under her technical leadership, Predictive Segments continues to be a growing success. Jing leads a team of highly trained and highly technical engineers who require only a top notch tech lead to have maximum impact.

Jing has been with AOL for almost 7 years – starting out as an individual contributor developing data mining and machine learning programs to architecture and subsequently, engineering lead.

No. 27: AOL, Miria Grunick

Job Title: Technology Manager, Search & Geocoding

Team: MapQuest

Location: New York City

Why she's powerful: Miria oversees the technical decisions made for the back-end systems and interfaces with business and product to ensure that products meet the specifications. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in computer science part time at NYU.

In addition to school and work, Miria belongs to NYC Resistor, a "hackerspace" in New York City and creates things on the Arduino platform, like heart-rate responsive running jackets and programmable children's toys that can evolve as the child grows older.

Jun 12th 2014

Bob Lord Wins Media Professional of the Year

AOL UK was out in force last night for the Online Media Awards, which are affiliated with Britain's leading media and marketing trade news title The Drum. The awards recognize the best talent, platforms and innovations in the world of online media.

AOL Platforms CEO Bob Lord was named Media Professional of the Year, which was the only award chosen for by The Drum editorial team and voted for by the public.
Head of International Graham Moysey picked up the award on Bob's behalf. HuffPost UK were highly commended in the Best National / World News Site, beating competition from the International New York Times, ITV News and Wall Street Journal. Parentdish Editor Tamsin Kelly was shortlisted for Online Editor of the Year, but faced stiff competition from Channel 4 News, which took home the award.

Congratulations to all involved!

Apr 15th 2014

AOL Welcomes Dave McDowell as Head of AOL Communication Products

As the pace of innovation accelerates in mobile and desktop consumer applications, it's imperative we have the best product talent to keep AOL's suite of products evolving. To that end, I'm excited to announce today that Dave McDowell will be joining our group as SVP/GM of AOL Communication Products.

In his new role, Dave will oversee AOL's entire suite of communication products, including AOL Mail, Alto, AIM, Client, Calendar and Address Book. Dave will focus on evolving the product strategy across all current communication products as well as the development of new products and services we can offer to AOL's large and loyal audience.

Dave is a seasoned internet executive with deep expertise in communication products. As Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo, David was responsible for the monetization and growth of Yahoo's communication products, representing 300 million monthly users worldwide. He drove more than $100M in revenue with innovative advertising formats and new targeting products, and helped broker partnerships with the likes of Apple, AT&T, Dropbox, Microsoft and Nokia to improve the user experience and reach of Yahoo Mail.

As consumers' use of communication tools continues to evolve, Dave's addition to the AOL team will help us identify and seize growth opportunities, as well as fully leverage these powerful platforms within AOL Membership and across the Company more broadly.

I couldn't be more excited about Dave joining our team, and I'm confident that his leadership and experience will be a huge asset to AOL. Please join me in welcoming him to the team, effective today. He will be based in our Palo Alto office.

Apr 2nd 2014

Kim Kadlec Joins AOL To Lead Global Partnerships

Today marks another exciting day for AOL. I'm thrilled to announce world-class global marketing veteran Kim Kadlec has joined the AOL team as Head of Relationship Management. In this role, Kim will focus on building strategic distribution partnerships with leading, large-scale organizations for our content, brands and platforms around the world.

AOL has built strong positions in news, lifestyle, tech, autos and entertainment, as well as breakthrough and culturally significant content platforms, such as The Huffington Post, MAKERS, Crunchbase, Moviefone, and Mapquest. Kim's role will enable us to most effectively leverage those global content and technology assets to diversify our traffic and distribution mix, develop and grow our consumer brands, and provide meaningful insights to our product, programming and revenue teams.

Kim has a diverse background – including groundbreaking work in building brands on a global scale and navigating the shift by advertisers into digital media – and we have first-hand knowledge of her innovative work. Previously the Worldwide Vice President, Global Marketing Group at Johnson & Johnson, she introduced an updated version of the "4 P's" of marketing – a longstanding pillar for the industry: purpose, presence, proximity and partnership.

With unique visitor growth on our properties for six consecutive quarters, AOL is in a position to become the best partnership company in the industry – and we can't wait to see what the future will hold as Kim leads these efforts globally.

Please join me in welcoming Kim to AOL!

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