Ned Desmond Joins AOL as COO of TechCrunch, GM of AOL`s Technology Brands

Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:40pm EDT

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Ned Desmond Joins AOL as COO of TechCrunch, GM of AOL’s Technology Brands

Industry veteran and entrepreneur to oversee Engadget, Joystiq, TechCrunch and The Unofficial Apple Weblog

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today announced that former Time Inc. executive Ned Desmond has joined the company to oversee AOL’s Tech Media brands, including Engadget, Joystiq, TechCrunch and The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).

“Ned brings a tremendous amount of relevant experience and insights to AOL from his roles as journalist, entrepreneur and manager and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him to the team,” said Jay Kirsch, SVP and GM, AOL Marketplace. “Engadget and TechCrunch each have huge opportunities to build upon the success they have already had to grow the business in creative ways.”

Desmond joins AOL from Go Outdoor Sportn Inc., a privately held social media company specializing in enthusiast media that he co-founded in 2009. Prior to that, he was president of Time Inc. Interactive, where he led Time Inc.'s digital efforts for six years; among his key projects were award-winning site re-launches at People, Entertainment Weekly, In Style, My Recipes, Life and Health. Before joining Time Inc. Interactive in 2003, Desmond founded eCompany/Business 2.0 in San Francisco, which became a popular business and technology media company.

“As a long-time reader of TechCrunch and Engadget, I am excited about the opportunity to work with these talented teams as they cover technology start-up and gadget news and we work together to expand the business on all fronts,” said Desmond.

About AOL

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.

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