AOL's HR Chief Steps Down

Lance Miyamoto, executive vice president and head of human resources at Dulles-based AOL, said in a brief interview tonight he has departed the company. Intense speculation surfaced online that AOL was gearing up for a round of layoffs after a picture appeared claiming to show a stockpile of packing supplies at AOL headquarters.

"I have left," Miyamoto said. He said his last day was Thursday. He would not elaborate, and the circumstances surrounding his departure were not clear.

AOL, which announced last month it was moving its headquarters to New York, has gone through several rounds of layoffs in recent years.

Company executives last month said most of the 4,000 people at the Dulles headquarters would not be affected by the move of the headquarters.

Earlier this week, AOL declined to comment on the Internet speculation about layoffs.

--Zachary Goldfarb

By Dan Beyers  |  October 12, 2007; 7:19 PM ET  | Category:  AOL
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Maybe it is because they changed their Slingo games!
There are many pissed off people making a lot of noise.
Petitions, E-Mails, Over 2800 Complaints on 4 message boards, Customer base shrinking, POGO change, etc. etc.

Posted by: Laura | October 12, 2007 10:01 PM

Clearly AOL's recent dumping of the Slingo game which AOL users have played for the past 12 years online at AOL caused a major loss of membership and players, which in turn caused the layoffs of these employees. If AOL was only more responsible and responsive to their clients more AOL employees would still have a job. Especially "Larry" from AOL games.

Posted by: npceditor | October 12, 2007 11:36 PM

Sadly, AOL has been in a financial rut for some time..advertising was one way, they believed , would pull them out of their slump..unfortunately , they did some things that you never do in business, these are the don'ts:
1.) Never put a product out to the customer and tell them this is what you're getting and like it..do surveys, ask your consumers, but, don't force a product on them they don't want.
2.) Changes need to transpire slowly, don't rush into them without forseeing the outcome, it won't fly.
3.) Don't assume, anything, without doing the homework.
AOL could rename itself , the Titanic, it loaded it's ship with it's consumers, sent
it to the icy cold water of the north Atlantic, in the winter and told us all to have a safe and fun experience..it's not settling well with us, and we didn't even buy the tickets for the journey.
Did they not learn anything from the Coke debacle?

Posted by: Dutchy717 | October 13, 2007 5:33 AM

The removal of the Slingo games as we knew it for several years was bad enough in the way it was handled, but the run around their consumers had to put up with just trying to voice their complaint was unexcuseable. AOL needs to remember where their paychecks come from. Simple solution! Apoligize and "BRING BACK OUR OLD SLINGO!"

Posted by: SteveDSlinger | October 13, 2007 8:08 PM

AOL has long been run by a clueless management that only care about their own pockets. They try, they fail, they layoff workers and then they bail with their golden parachutes.

Posted by: Billy Bob | October 15, 2007 12:39 PM

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