As Global Chief Technology Officer, William Pence leads all aspects of AOL’s global platform development and external technology partnerships, as well as plays a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of AOL. He also leads the newly established Area 51, focused on synchronizing innovation efforts across AOL's venture investments, incubators, university relations, and internal R&D. He is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry with over 25 years of experience. William joined AOL in April of 2014.
Before joining AOL, William served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of WebMD from 2007 to 2014 as well as Chief Operating Officer of WebMD from 2012 to 2014. At WebMD, he led many cross-company initiatives that drove innovative new products, improved operational efficiencies and user experiences for consumers and advertiser partners. He also drove technology and corporate operations improvement through automation, cloud technology and data management systems. William was instrumental in mobile product efforts across WebMD’s properties as well as the company’s global expansion. Prior to WebMD, William served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Napster from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of pressplay, a Universal Music Group/Sony Music Entertainment joint venture, and from 2000 to 2001 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Universal Music Group. Previously, William spent more than a decade at IBM.
William received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Virginia, and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.