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AOL Vet Marty Moe Prepares To Exit

After nine years with the company, AOL (NYSE: AOL) content exec Marty Moe is getting ready to leave the company, AllThingsD reports, citing unidentified sources. PaidContent has confirmed with sources that the report is correct. Neither Moe nor AOL PR has responded to queries so far. (AOL later said it had no comment.) The moves comes several months after Bill Wilson, the architect of much of AOL’s content strategy, departed and was subsequently replaced by ex-Google (NSDQ: GOOG) exec David Eun.

Moe, SVP for AOL Money & Finance, News & Sports, has worked out of the company’s Dulles office since he arrived at AOL in November 2001. Along with Wilson, he helped start AOL on its current strategy of producing professional content and presenting it in blog-like settings.

While Moe has continued to help craft the strategy to include the freelance aggregation site Seed, as well as the hyperlocal property Patch, those two projects are already set in their direction. The company has already announced it plans to add an ambitious 400 hyperlocal sites to Patch over the next six months, bringing its total to 500.

In a message that went out to AOL staffers earlier said Moe will stay on through October and that AOL would seek a replacement. Below is the message in full:


Our colleague and long-time AOLer, Marty Moe, has decided to step down from his role leading our News & Information area. Marty, a nine-year veteran of the company, was one of the original champions of opening up AOL’s content and products to all users on the web at large as the company transitioned to an ad-supported media business.

More recently, Marty was a driving force behind helping AOL move away from aggregating third party content and moving toward the creation of high quality original content.

In talking with Marty, I know that he is eager to take on new challenges and also find more time to spend with his family. Marty is going to be transitioning with us through early October. In the meantime we will be looking for someone to fill his role. …