COO Kim Partoll is out, as is John Kannapell, SVP of search and local media, according to AllThingsD. Kara Swisher says that Kannapell’s departure wasn’t a surprise, but Partoll was because she was promoted to her new/old position recently.
As for Liberty Media Corp., the cable company controlled by billionaire John Malone, it is still interested in the dial-up Internet business owned by Time Warner’s AOL. This is in line with past comments from officials of the company, which has about $800 million in Time Warner, saying they would consider trading it for AOL or other assets. Time Warner has said it plans to spin AOL off as a publicly traded company.
Any long-speculated AOL layoffs, which even Armstrong acknowledged would eventually happen, still awaits. The two departing executives will not be replaced and you wonder if this is the beginning.