AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) announced today that William Pence will join the Company as its Global Chief Technology Officer and as a member of its Global Operating Committee. Pence is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry with more than 25 years of experience. He will lead all aspects of AOL's global technology strategy and play a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of the company. He will report to AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong and will be based in AOL's headquarters in New York City.
Before joining WebMD, Pence had served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Napster since 2003. From 2000 to 2003, Pence was the Chief Technology Officer for Universal Music Group’s online initiatives and for the Pressplay joint venture with Sony. Previously, Pence spent more than a decade at IBM, where he held various technology management positions in research as well as in the software division, focused on guiding research and development and commercializing technology for IBM product divisions.Pence received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Pence succeeds AOL’s former CTO, Curtis Brown, who will be leaving AOL following a transition period. Pence will join AOL on April 30. About AOL AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.