By Evan DeSimone
Dermot McCormack is out at AOL after less than a year serving as head of the company’s video division.
McCormack joined AOL in October of 2014, replacing outgoing video chief Ran Harnevo. At the time, he was heralded as a game changing presence for AOL’s growing video division. McCormack previously headed Viacom’s Music division & Logo’s Connect Content Group.
During his time at AOL McCormack oversaw the launch of AOL’s first round of original long-form series as well as a push, announced at last year’s New Fronts, to integrate more video content form AOL-owned news outlet The Huffington Post.
The abrupt change in leadership comes just months after AOL was officially acquired by Verizion Wireless in a deal valued at $4.4 billion. Perhaps more importantly, it comes after the announcement that Verizon plans to centralize its various video endeavors around its soon-to-launch streaming services, Go90.
Asked for comment on McCormack’s sudden departure an AOL spokesperson told VideoInk, “We thank Dermot for his many contributions to AOL and wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”