Content Executive David Eun to Leave AOL
Amid the pending Huffington Post acquisition, the former Google top manager will depart only a year after joining AOL.
NEW YORK - Amid AOL's acquisition of the Huffington Post, former Google top executive David Eun is leaving the online firm, where he filled the role of AOL chief content executive, about a year after his arrival.
Eun became president of AOL Media and Studios effective March 1 of 2010, but he is now making way for Arianna Huffington and others.
"With the formation of the Huffington Post Media Group, David Eun has decided to step down from his role as president, AOL Media," AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said in an internal memo on Thursday. "David and I discussed different roles for him in the new organization, but came to the conclusion that there wasn't a fit for what he is looking for at this point in his career."
Eun will be around to help with the integration, and Armstrong said the Huffington Post deal "could not have been possible without David's stewardship of AOL Media over the past year and the tangible progress he has made."
Eun was responsible for the company's content sites, its Seed publishing platform, as well as the StudioNow video platform along with AOL's NYC and LA studios.
Upon closing of the acquisition, AOL will form the Huffington Post Media Group to house all content under the editorial leadership of Huffington, whose new title will be president & editor-in-chief.
Jon Brod, who has been leading AOL's integration efforts and is president, AOL Ventures, will take on the additional responsibility of COO of the Huffington Post Media Group when the acquisition has closed, according to Armstrong's memo.
"As COO, Jon will report directly to Arianna on all editorial matters and report directly to me on all business matters, including distribution, business operations, marketing, analysis and partnership alignment," Armstrong said.
The news was first reported by AllThingsD. (Around 11:40am ET)