AOL promotes Panier to head Bebo global ops

30 Jul 2009

AOL has promoted the VP and COO of its Bebo social media unit, Stephane Panier to head the group’s global operations. Panier will report to directly to Jon Brod, EVP of AOL Ventures, Bebo’s new home within AOL.

The move suggests that rumors AOL will sell Bebo – which it acquired only last  year for $850 million – may not be accurate.

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Brian Blum

Brian Blum covers the U.S., Canada and Israel for Classified Intelligence Report, and contributes to our special reports and research projects. Originally from San Francisco and now based in Jerusalem, he has been with the AIM Group since 2004. He is the president of Blum Interactive Media, specializing in writing and multimedia content development for online, print, video and audio. His clients include newspapers, universities and non-profits. He is currently working on a book about the billion-dollar bankruptcy of a once high-flying Israeli startup.