NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today announced that John Reid-Dodick is joining the company as Chief People Officer. Reid-Dodick served as Global Head of Human Resources for Thomson Reuters Markets, the $7 billion, 28,000-person division that included the Reuters news organization and the firm’s media, technology and financial services businesses.
“We are thrilled to welcome John to our AOL executive team”
Reid-Dodick brings extensive experience and will lead AOL’s HR team to support the growth and success of employees around the world through a focus on personal development, career progression, talent acquisition, total rewards and business advice supporting leadership and organizational performance. Reid-Dodick will be based at AOL’s headquarters in New York and report directly to Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO.
“We are thrilled to welcome John to our AOL executive team,” said Armstrong. “He and our HR team will lead our company’s very important commitment to recruiting, developing and empowering our employees so they can thrive at work. John is a perfect example of the passionate, professional and dedicated talent that we continue to attract to AOL.”
A priority for Reid-Dodick will be to attract and engage the very best talent in the media, advertising and technology fields by leveraging AOL’s position as a leading global Internet company. “I’m excited to join AOL because of its strong focus on attracting world-class talent and nurturing a highly creative, collaborative and productive culture,” said Reid-Dodick. “AOL is an iconic and trusted brand, and I’m delighted to be part of the AOL family.”
Following the Thomson acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Reid-Dodick led the people and culture integration of Reuters and Thomson Financial. Previously, he held a range of senior HR roles at Reuters in New York and London. A lawyer by training, Reid-Dodick joined Reuters in 1995, serving as General Counsel for Reuters America from 1997 to 2000. Prior to Reuters, he was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell for five years, and a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York from 1988 to 1989.
An expert in leadership, talent, and organizational culture and change, Reid-Dodick has led a number of initiatives that received industry awards of excellence and were featured as best practice in publications such as Stephen Bungay’s The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results (2011), and Jeff DeGraff’s and Shawn Quinn’s Leading Innovation: How to Jump Start Your Organization’s Growth Engine (2006).
Reid-Dodick graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and holds a Masters degree in Politics from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba.
By Tim Spagnola
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