AOL names 2 international execs, including chief based in India

23 Jan 2007

(Associated Press via NewsEdge) AOL named an international chief who will work from India and said its European boss is retiring after overseeing the sales of the region's Internet access businesses.

The new head of the Time Warner Inc. unit's international operations is Maneesh Dhir, 42. He was named Monday to replace Joe Redling, who left in the recent restructuring that brought Randy Falco from NBC to become AOL chief executive.

As an executive vice president, Dhir will be based in India's high-tech hub of Bangalore, becoming the latest in a string of executives to work for high-profile US companies from a foreign office. Redling had worked from the company's global headquarters in Dulles, Virginia.

Dhir already was based in India, as a senior vice president and country manager. AOL's operations there include back-office and call-center functions.

Meanwhile, AOL named Dana Dunne to head AOL Europe, replacing the retiring chairman, Philip Rowley. Dunne, 43, was most recently president of Belgacom, a telecommunications company in Belgium.

The departure of Rowley, 54, follows the resignation in December of AOL Europe's chief executive, Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, who accepted a job with the French media and defense conglomerate Lagardere SCA after less than two months in the AOL role.

Time Warner already has sold AOL's French and U.K. access businesses and is near closing on a deal for its German access operations. In all three countries, AOL will continue to run ad-supported Web portals for the new owners.

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