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AOL’s Temkin Exits Amid Mobile Technology Restructuring

November 16, 2012

AOL Inc. (AOL:US) Senior Vice President David Temkin, who oversaw technology products including mobile software and e-mail, is leaving the Internet portal amid a restructuring of its technology group.

Temkin will depart after the end of the year, the company said yesterday. The move comes as AOL shifts from having a dedicated team of mobile engineers to a structure where developers will work within the company’s various media brands, such as Engadget and Moviefone, to build mobile software.

The resignation of Temkin -- the third consumer-technology head to leave in a year -- underscores the challenge AOL, a company focused on media, may be having in keeping technology- oriented staff. Since separating from Time Warner Inc. in 2009, AOL under Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong has worked to transform the company from an Internet services provider into ad-based content provider.

“It’s time for me to move on to the next thing and go build,” Temkin said in an interview yesterday, without specifying his plans.

Temkin was promoted to a top role in AOL’s Palo Alto, California, office in March, following earlier departures by Brad Garlinghouse and Eric van Miltenburg from similar positions. Temkin joined the company in 2010 after stints as an executive at Palm Inc. and as a software engineer at Apple Inc.

The move to decentralize AOL’s mobile team follows job cuts announced earlier this year, when as many as 40 people were fired from the consumer-applications group because of the division’s underperformance, three people said at the time.

Sol Lipman, a former vice president in AOL’s mobile unit who helped create its Editions news-reading app for Apple’s iPads, left to join the startup Tomfoolery Inc. last month.

To contact the reporters on this story: Douglas MacMillan in San Francisco at dmacmillan3@bloomberg.net; Edmund Lee in New York at elee310@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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