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Global, Strategic Planning now Answers Directly to Chief Exec Parsons

AOL Times Warner’s relatively new Chief Executive, Richard Parsons, has reorganized reporting lines for some senior corporate staff at the media giant.

In a sign that he is putting his own team in place. Parson’s put lobbying and technology policies under his direct control, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

In a memo to staff, Parsons said the company's Executive VP of Global and Strategic Policy, Robert Kimmitt, and Chief Technology Officer William Raduchel will in the future report directly to him. Both executives had previously reported to AOL chairman Stephen Case.

Additionally, oversight of relations with press and investors was taken away from Kenneth Lerer, a former public relations executive who had come from the America Online side of the merged company. Lerer will move to a newly created Office of the CEO working with Parsons and Chief Operating Officer Robert Pittman on "all facets of our business," Parsons said in the memo.

The company's Senior VP for Corporate Communications, Edward Adler, will now report directly to Parsons. Adler, who had run corporate communications for the former Time Warner company, had reported to Lerer since the merger was completed at the start of last year.