DULLES, VA - AOL announced today that Internet veteran Ted Cahall will head the company's Platforms business unit as Executive Vice President, Platforms reporting to Ron Grant, President and COO of AOL. In this newly created position, Cahall will oversee AOL Search, e-commerce, publishing platform and tools, the industry-leading MapQuest service and other local-based services, such as Relegence, which AOL recently acquired. Cahall will be based in Dulles, Va.
The Platforms business unit will focus on providing users with the tools and content they need to productively and efficiently utilize the Web, and increase communication and information sharing among these consumer-focused lines of business.
"We are delighted to have a seasoned business and technology executive on board to manage these important AOL platforms," said AOL President and COO Ron Grant. "Ted has a wealth of experience that will help us continue to improve our search, e-commerce and local offerings, extend our lead in online mapping services, and put real-time information in the hands of end users moments after it is published."
"This is an exciting time to be joining AOL, as it successfully moves forward on its new Web-strategy," said Cahall. "I am looking forward to working with the talented teams that are innovating and improving the quality and performance of our key content and consumer-based platforms."
Prior to joining AOL, Cahall was Executive Vice President and COO of Classmates.com, where he directed operations at Classmates.com, a leading community-based networking company. He was also Executive Vice President of the United Online Web Services division, overseeing the company's various web-hosting brands including Freeservers.com and photo sharing service PhotoSite.
Prior to that, Cahall was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President at CNET Networks, where he managed the company's technology infrastructure and played a critical role in the development and growth of CNET Networks' leading brands, such as CNET, GameSpot, News.com, Download.com, Webshots, and ZDNet. He also converted the company from proprietary Unix hardware and software to an Intel/Linux infrastructure, saving millions of dollars of capital and operational expenditures.
Cahall has also held technology management positions at Bank of America and two technology start-ups. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he received a U.S. patent for systems performance analysis.
AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs the country's largest Internet access business, and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), AOL LLC is based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL and its subsidiaries also have operations in Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.
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