) -- Recently promoted as chief operating officer of


, Kimberly Partoll is departing, her job eliminated by CEO Tim Armstrong.

The move, explained in a memo to AOL employees, is intended to streamline the company's structure as it is about to be spun off from

Time Warner


. The spinoff is expected by the end of the year.

Prior to being promoted as operating chief, Partoll had been executive vice president of the company's legacy Internet access business. Her current responsibilities for the Web access business will go to the company's new head of Internet and mobile communications,

Brad Garlinghouse

. Partoll's search duties will go to head of advertising Jeff Levick, while AOL's international operations will now fall under Armstrong, the

Associated Press


John Kanapell, head of search and local content, also had his job eliminated.

Armstrong was tapped earlier this year to lead AOL and he has moved swiftly since his appointment to hire a new team to revive the struggling Internet company.

Reports also have the company seeking a new chief marketing officer.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York


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