The Huffington Post has named Jared Grusd chief executive officer.
According to a memo by cofounder and editor in chief Arianna Huffington, Grusd joins the media company from Spotify, where he held the role of global head of corporate development and general counsel. Prior to that, Grusd served as chief strategy and business development officer at AOL and managing counsel and executive management team for the Americas at Google Inc.
“Jared brings an incredible range of experience to the role, and the timing couldn’t be better as HuffPost continues to expand around the world and innovate in every way,” Huffington said, explaining that the new executive worked with AOL chairman and ceo Tim Armstong at both AOL and Google. AOL bought The Huffington Post in 2011.
“He was part of my first discussion with Tim that led to the acquisition of HuffPost, and played an instrumental role in our transition,” she offered.
Grusd also started and sold a legal tech company, Shake, and has been teaching at Columbia Business School. He takes over for Jimmy Maymann, who was promoted earlier this week to oversee all of AOL’s consumer brands.
In May, Verizon Communications bought AOL for $4.4 billion in a move that would help the telecommunications firm ramp up its digital and video business, among other things. Following Verizon’s purchase of AOL, sources speculated that the company would spin off HuffPost. In the meantime, Verizon has been laying out plans to reach Millennials and recently inked a deal with Vice Media to distribute exclusive content for mobile video.