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AOL Comms Head Peter Land Parting Ways With Company

Not An Easy Year For AOL's Top Communications Exec

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AOL and Peter Land, its head of communications, are parting ways, Mr. Land confirmed on Tuesday. He declined to elaborate.

Mr. Land, who joined AOL from Pepsico in April 2013, did not have it easy in his year at the company. Over the past 12 months, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong had a number of public miscues that gained national attention, including the citing of "distressed babies" born to AOL employees as a reason for rolling back benefits and the firing of Patch creative director Abel Lenz in the middle of a conference call.

"We are investing in our communications function by promoting two of our most talented up-and-coming leaders," an AOL spokeswoman said in email. The company, she said, will combine investor relations and corporate communications under Investor Relations Senior VP Eoin Ryan. It will also combine internal communications, corporate marketing and foundation work under the AOL Advertising CMO Erika Nardini.

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