AOL comms leader Land to depart

AOL is parting ways with its communications head just one year after he took the job.

AOL communications chief Peter Land is leaving the company one year after taking on the role.

The company has expanded the duties of IR head Eoin Ryan and AOL Advertising CMO Erika Nardini to oversee communications following Land’s departure, an AOL spokesperson said. Ryan will handle corporate communications, while Nardini will manage internal communications, corporate marketing, and foundation work.  

Ryan and Nardini are both reporting to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Karen Dykstra, EVP and chief financial and administrative officer.

"We are investing in our communications function by promoting two of our most talented up and coming leaders – connecting the entirety of our internal and external communications strategy under a high-powered and unified team," the company spokesperson said in a statement.

Serton left the company on April 4, and the communictions team took over his responsibilities, according to a company spokesperson.

Land, who reported to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, led global external and internal corporate communications efforts for the company since last year. He previously served as SVP of communications at PepsiCo, which he joined in 2009.

Before PepsiCo, Land worked at Edelman, serving as global MD. He also worked as director of marketing communications for the NBA, and as director of European promotions at Kraft Foods in London.

Land was not immediately available for comment on his departure.

Land’s exit comes after Armstrong faced a string of controversies over the past year. Last August, the CEO fired Patch creative director Abel Lenz for taking an unwanted photograph during a conference call. Earlier this year, Armstrong came under fire again when he cut 401(k) benefits and blamed the decision on "distressed babies." He later apologized to staffers and reversed the cuts.

In late 2012, AOL chief marketing and communications officer Jolie Hunt left after less than five months in the job. At the time, the company said it was eliminating the CMO role.  

This story was updated with additional information on April 23.

 

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