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Brad Garlinghouse will also head the company's Silicon Valley office

AOL hires former Yahoo exec to lead expansion of email and IM services

AOL has hired a former Yahoo executive as its president of internet and mobile communications, to lead expansion plans for the company’s email and instant messaging services.

Brad Garlinghouse, who most recently worked as an in-house senior advisor to private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, will also head AOL’s Silicon Valley operations from its Mountain View campus and serve as the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures – the company’s venture capital division.

Before joining Silver Lake, Garlinghouse spent almost six years at Yahoo, most recently as senior vice president of communications and communities. He joined Yahoo in 2003 as vice president of communication products, and during his tenure the company’s mail and instant messaging services rose to become market leaders.

In his new role, Garlinghouse will report directly to AOL’s chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong.

“Brad Garlinghouse is an all-star in the Internet industry with an unparalleled background and proven track record, having led Yahoo’s communications products to unprecedented growth,” said Armstrong. “He will also be a major force for AOL in Silicon Valley, working to expand our presence there and in the tech community in general.”

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