Here’s an interesting tidbit about Aol that’s being whispered around Silicon Valley – Aol is working with recruiting behemoth Spencer Stuart to hire a new business lead for the Huffington Post Media Group. The executive will report to Aol CEO Tim Armstrong, apparently, not Huffington.
Currently Arianna Huffington runs both the business and editorial sides of the group. Running a business is fairly new to her. Before the Aol Acquisition Eric Hippeau was the CEO, but he resigned just before the Aol deal was closed.
Aol exec Jon Brod ran the business after the acquisition, as COO of the group. But a dispute with Huffington led to a reassignment for Brod, who currently runs Patch at Aol.
By far the most interesting part of all this, though, is it’s not clear that Arianna Huffington is aware that the new position will report to Tim Armstrong, not Huffington.
Whatever happens, I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting my old job back.