NEW YORK -- America Online has appointed Gerald Sokol, Jr., svp and gm of international operations, to the new post of executive vice president of AOL International. The company has also promoted Greg Consiglio, vp of AOL International, to senior vice president of that division.
The management moves are a part of an overall reorganization that was initiated last month by new AOL chairman and CEO Jon Miller [IQ Daily Briefing, Sept. 12]. The restructuring is meant to advance key priorities of the AOL Time Warner Internet unit, one of which is making its international operations profitable.
In his new post, Sokol will manage the daily operations of the international division, which oversees the company's interests in joint ventures in Latin America, Canada, Japan, China and Australia. He will report to Michael M. Lynton, evp of AOL Time Warner International and president of AOL International. Reporting to Sokol, Consiglio will oversee AOL's Asia operations and will support Sokol in running the operations.
"Our international operations need to be an increasingly important contributor to AOL's growth going forward, and our challenge is to build their value and continue to move them toward profitability," said J. Michael Kelly, chairman and CEO of AOL International, in a statement.
As svp and gm of international operations, Sokol oversaw global activities, including the development of strategic alliances, new markets and new products; business planning; marketing; e-commerce and advertising. As vp of AOL International, Consiglio was responsible for opening AOL offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and overseeing the company's Asia Pacific business.