AOL Interactive Services President to Leave

NEW YORK — AOL Time Warner said Tuesday that James de Castro, president of AOL Interactive Services, is leaving the company after seven months “to seek new opportunities.”

Following his departure at the end of the month, de Castro’s organization will report to Ted Leonsis, vice chairman of America Online.

During his tenure at AOL, de Castro established a new programming strategy built around firsts and exclusives, community and appointment viewing. He also helped launch AOL 8.0.

“With the completion of the [AOL 8.0] launch, [AOL chairman and CEO] Jon Miller’s arrival and the restructuring of the management team, I’m now looking for an opportunity to run a company,” said de Castro in a statement.

Miller added, “We understand Jimmy’s desire to run an organization as a chief executive officer, and we wish him all the best.”