AOL Names Wilson Conroy’s Successor

NEW YORK America Online has promoted Bill Wilson, vp and general manger of the company’s music division, to svp and gm of AOL Entertainment.

He succeeds Kevin Conroy, who was named evp and chief operating officer of AOL’s broadband service last month [IQ Daily Briefing, May 14]. Evan Harrison, formerly executive director of AOL Music, will fill Wilson’s post.

Reporting to Jim Bankoff, evp of AOL Brand Operations, Wilson will lead the company’s efforts in games, movies, music, radio, sports, television and ticketing.

Wilson joined the Dulles, Va.-based AOL Time Warner Internet unit in April 2001 as vp of marketing, programming and promotion for AOL Music. As part of the music team, he helped create exclusive programming such as the First Listen program, which premieres new songs.

Before that, Wilson was at BMG Entertainment, where he served as svp of worldwide marketing and managed the marketing campaigns for musical acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Santana, Pink and Whitney Houston. He began his career at Arista Records, where he was product manager for artists like Sarah McLachlan and Notorious B.I.G.