AOL promotes Tekedra M. Jefferson to Lead Global Gov't Affairs; Announces New Corporate Secretary
Company to open Washington, D.C., Government Affairs Office in new year.
New York, NY - December 16, 2009 – AOL Inc. today announced that it has promoted two key employees to lead its public policy efforts and filled a key role on its corporate governance team.
Tekedra McGee Jefferson has been named Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and will head the company's new Washington office, reporting to AOL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Ira Parker. Will Castleberry, currently National Director of State Public Policy, will now serve as Vice President of Government Affairs, reporting to Jefferson.
"As a stand-alone company, AOL has an opportunity to directly advocate for a fair business environment that preserves our ability to innovate and grow," Parker said. "Under Tekedra's leadership, and with the strong support of senior management, AOL is now poised to emerge as a leading voice for Internet policy in Washington and globally."
In her new role, Jefferson will develop and direct AOL's global public policy strategy and will be responsible for federal, state and international government affairs. She will work directly with lawmakers and regulators on key issues including online privacy, intellectual property, child protection and online safety and security.
Prior to this, Jefferson served as Vice President and Chief Counsel, Public Policy & Regulatory. Jefferson began at AOL as head of the transactional team responsible for complex technology and network services agreements. Before joining AOL in 2001, she worked as Senior Corporate Counsel at Startec Global Communications Company. Jefferson began her career as an Associate in the Telecommunications and Intellectual Property groups at Washington, D.C., law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Jefferson recently co-chaired the Virginia Governor's Broadband Taskforce and is a member of the Maryland Health Care Commission, where she focuses on issues of consumer privacy.
Castleberry joined AOL in 2005 as National Director of State Public Policy. In his new role he will manage a portfolio of state and federal legislative issues as well as direct the company's state government affairs efforts.
Prior to coming to AOL, Castleberry worked in Maryland for Governor Parris N. Glendening, where he served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and then as Director of the state's Office of Global Investment and Technology. He serves on policy committees for the Council of State Governments and the American Legislative Exchange Council and is President of the State Privacy and Security Coalition.
Jefferson and Castleberry will work from AOL's new government affairs office in Washington, D.C., scheduled to open in early 2010.
Sean X. McKessy joins AOL as Corporate Secretary, where he will serve as a liaison between senior management and the AOL Board of Directors. McKessy will also provide critical guidance to management and the board on corporate governance policies and practices. He will report to Ira Parker.
"Sean's background and experience with this crucial role will help ensure AOL's smooth transition to a public company," Parker said. "His unique talent and expertise will be a tremendous asset as we work to deliver on our strategy and grow our business."
McKessy comes to AOL from Richmond-based Altria Group, Inc. where most recently he served as Senior Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to this, McKessy was Senior Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Altria Corporate Services, Inc. From 2000 to 2005, McKessy was Securities Counsel for Caterpillar Inc., and prior to that, Senior Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement in Washington, D.C.
McKessy will work from AOL's New York office.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL's consumer offerings.
Pamela Rucker Springs