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AOL Ventures’ West Coast operations gains new head

10 Sep 2009

Global web services company AOL has appointed Brad Garlinghouse to serve as president of internet and mobile communications. In his new role, Garlinghouse will also act as the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm headed globally by Jon Brod.

Garlinghouse was most recently at Silver Lake Partners, a tech-focused private equity firm, as an in-house senior advisor. Prior to Silver Lake, Garlinghouse spent nearly six years at Yahoo!, where he led that company’s communications and community products. Garlinghouse will report directly to AOL’s chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong.

Armstrong, who joined AOL in April, identified communications as one of the five key areas of strategic focus for AOL after an extensive 100-day review of the company’s business. Other focus areas include content, advertising, local and mapping and AOL Ventures.

“Brad Garlinghouse is an all-star in the internet industry with an unparalleled background and proven track record, having led Yahoo’s communications products to unprecedented growth,” said Armstrong. “In addition to leading our efforts to grow our communications products, Brad will be bringing his global leadership and business experience as a key member of our company’s executive leadership team. He will also be a major force for AOL in Silicon Valley, working to expand our presence there and in the tech community in general. We’re delighted to have Brad on board and know he’ll do great things for AOL.”

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to join AOL at this pivotal moment in its history,” Garlinghouse added. “Tim has set out a clear strategy and vision for where he is taking this company as it becomes independent again. I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the team to realise that vision.”

Garlinghouse was also general partner at @Ventures, category manager of media development for the @Home Network, and manager at SBC Communications.

AOL Ventures was set up earlier this year to acquire start-ups and source new investment for them.

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