AOL Names William Pence as New CTO

Pence worked for IBM, Napster and WebMD in similar positions

William Pence is the new chief technology officer (CTO) of AOL. Pence has served as executive vice president and CTO of WebMD and Napster, and has previously occupied a director chair at IBM.

At AOL, he will take care of the company’s technology strategy at a global level. He will start his new job on April 30, when he’ll be taking over for Curtis Brown. His predecessor will stick around during the transition.

In his new job, Pence will only report to Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO. The decision to bring him in comes as AOL goes through a series of changes, especially after launching its programmatic ad platform, which will work across multiple devices.

According to his LinkedIn profile, from 1993 to 2000, Pence worked for IBM in three different positions. First, he was a senior director for communication technology, only to move on as director of digital media research. His last job was of director of digital media solutions.

For the next three years, he worked on Pressplay, an online music service, where he was senior vice president and CTO. In May 2003, he joined Napster, where he played an important role in relaunching it as a licensed, paid music service.

In 2007, he left for WebMD, where he occupied a few jobs, including SVP and CTO.

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