In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said he’d seen Lord as his eventual successor, but that plan was sidetracked by Verizon’s acquisition of the company (which owns TechCrunch). As part of the deal, Armstrong committed to remain on-board for several more years.
Lord joined AOL two years ago, from his role as CEO of digital agency Razorfish. Armstrong said Lord’s departure date is open ended, but he will likely stay until the end of the year.
An AOL spokesperson confirmed the departure.