Former AOL boss Bob Lord joins IBM as chief digital officer | M&M Global

Former AOL boss Bob Lord joins IBM as chief digital officer

Former AOL and Razorfish boss Bob Lord has joined technology giant IBM as chief digital officer, it has been announced.

According to an internal memo seen by re/code, Lord will “accelerate and scale all aspects of IBM’s digital presence, operations and ecosystem.”

The news was revealed by David Kenny, general manager of IBM’s artificial intelligence programme Watson and a former The Weather Channel head, who tweeted: “Thrilled to be working with @rwlord again. He will be a great chief digital officer at @IBM.”

David Kenny tweet

Lord himself then tweeted that he was “excited to be joining the IBM team”.

Bob Lord tweet

Lord spent the previous year as AOL’s president, having joined the digital media business as chief executive of its AOL Platforms business in 2013.

He joined AOL following a 13-year stint at digital agency Razorfish – now owned by Publicis Groupe – latterly assuming the post of global chief executive. He was also made CEO of Publicis’ Digital Technologies Division.

Once mooted as a possible successor to AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong, is understood to have played a central role in last year’s acquisition of Millennial Media, in an effort to boost the company’s mobile credentials.

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