Steckler to leave AOL

Michael Steckler, UK and Benelux MD, is leaving AOL at the end of January as part of its programme of staff cuts.

Steckler is the highest profile UK departure from the business since AOL began its voluntary redundancy programme in November.

Kate Burns, head of European ad sales for AOL, will take on Steckler’s responsibilities as part of a broader remit.

During Steckler’s stint at AOL, which started as interim MD of AOL UK and VP of interactive marketing, he was responsible for integrating its various ad businesses under the Platform A brand, subsequently rebadged as AOL Advertising.

An AOL spokesman confirmed the departure. “Michael has decided to leave the business at the end of January for personal reasons,” he said. “He thinks the time is right to take on new challenges outside AOL and we wish him all the best.”

Earlier today, AOL announced it was shutting its Spanish and Swedish offices having achieved cuts of 1,100 staff via its voluntary programme ( January 2009). It’s seeking to downsize its original staffing of 6,900 by a third.

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