Conroy Named COO of AOL Broadband

NEW YORK America Online has promoted Kevin Conroy, senior vice president and general manager of AOL Entertainment, to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company’s broadband service.

In the newly created post, Conroy will manage all aspects of AOL’s broadband service, which launched at the end of March. He will report to Lisa Hook, who became president of AOL’s broadband, premium and platform services about a year ago, and will be based in the New York office.

Jim Bankoff, AOL’s executive vice president of programming, will continue to oversee AOL Entertainment, and key staffers in the division will absorb some of Conroy’s former duties.

Conroy, 43, joined the Dulles, Va.-based AOL Time Warner Internet unit in January 2001 to head up AOL Music. As a part of a programming-driven strategy, he introduced exclusive worldwide premieres of new songs and videos, as well as in-studio performances and interviews with established and emerging artists. In July 2002, Conroy was put in charge of AOL’s entertainment offerings, leading the company’s efforts in games, movies, music, radio, sports, television and ticketing.

Prior to AOL, Conroy spent six years at BMG Entertainment in various posts, including chief marketing officer and president of new technology.