New Roles for Buckley and Brackbill at AOL
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New Roles for Buckley and Brackbill at AOL

America Online has named John Buckley executive vice president of corporate communications, replacing Ann Brackbill, who has been named vice president of parent company AOL Time Warner.

Paul Holmes

DULLES—America Online has named John Buckley executive vice president of corporate communications, replacing Ann Brackbill, who has been named vice president of parent company AOL Time Warner, reporting to executive vice president Kenneth Lerer.
 
Buckley will oversee all external and internal communications at America Online and its brands, including Netscape, CompuServe, Moviefone, AIM, ICQ, MapQuest, Spinner and Winamp. In her new role, Ms. Brackbill will be based in New York and will work with Lerer on all aspects of AOL Time Warner’s businesses.
 
According to AOL Time Warner chief operating officer Robert Pittman, “John Buckley brings to AOL valuable experience in leading communications teams and programs in a wide range of areas, including corporate, policy and consumer campaigns. He has a terrific grasp of the issues facing us as a company and knows how to communicate to our key audiences at this critical juncture.”
 
The move comes just a couple of weeks after a restructuring of AOL Time Warner’s PR staff in which former Time Warner exec Edward Adler assumed the top communications role and Lerer took on a new job as executive vice president in the office of the CEO. 
 
Continued Mr. Pittman, “As America Online has led the development of the medium, Ann Brackbill has done a remarkable job of getting across our core messages of ease-of-use and consumer focus, as well as developing strong platforms on policy, corporate responsibility and business issues. We are fortunate to continue to benefit from her unmatched understanding of our business at AOL Time Warner.”
Buckley was most recently vice president of communications at AOL Time Warner. Previously, he served for 10 years as senior VP, communications, at Fannie Mae Corporation, managing the company’s corporate communications and advertising, press secretary for the 1988 Kemp presidential campaign, and deputy press secretary for the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign.
 
Brackbill was associate director of media relations in the Reagan White House, a presidential campaign press secretary and a congressional campaign manager.
 
Both Buckley and Brackbill previously worked alongside Lerer at strategic communications firm Robinson Lerer & Montgomery.
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