The Google-ization of AOL continued today as Jeff Reynar, who used to work for the search giant as an engineering manager, joined the company. AOL’s appointed Reynar Head of Technology for Engineering and Products in New York.
We should note that Reynar didn’t head to AOL straight from Google; he spent the last 18 or so months as the CTO of DBT Labs. So it’s not like AOL lured the man directly away from the Googleplex (where he spent four and a half years) and all its perks.
However, here’s another interesting fact about Reynar’s employment history: he worked at Microsoft for almost five years before heading to Google.
That’s an impressive resume, all in all, and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who also used to work for Google, has high hopes regarding what Reynar will accomplish. He said in a statement, "AOL was founded on a belief that behind great consumer experiences is great engineering, and Jeff is precisely the type of all-star we need to identify, recruit and foster talent as we build out our New York Technology Center."
Reynar himself added, "AOL’s strategy – content, advertising and communications – presents enormous opportunities. I’m excited by the prospect of finding engineers here and bringing new, young engineering talent to New York City to develop products that will make a tangible difference to consumers."