Bob Pittman, the media giant's chief operating officer, took over the ailing online unit in April after its former chairman-CEO, Barry Schuler, stepped aside to develop new digital services for AOL.
The search fuels
AOL Time Warner hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to look for a new CEO for AOL.
However, a new CEO could come from inside the company, according to published reports.
Potential inside candidates include Don Logan, chairman of Time Inc.; Michael Kelly, chief operating officer of AOL; and Jimmy de Castro, who was recently appointed president of AOL's interactive marketing unit.