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Maneesh Dhir new AOL VP

January 23, 2007 12:23 IST

Global web services company America Online has appointed Maneesh Dhir as the firm's vice president to oversee the growth of its international portals and review new overseas business opportunities in Europe, Asia and Americas.

Dhir, who will work from the company's offices in India's high tech hub of Bangalore, will lead all the operations, including technology development, back office operations and call centers.

In an announcement made from its global headquarters in Dulles, Texas, the company, the major component of whose business is internet access services, said Dana Dunne will become the head of AOL's

Europe operation reporting to Dhir who in turn will report directly to AOL President Ron Grant.

Dhir, 42, replaces Joe Redling, who left in recent restructuring aimed at making the company more competitive with several new players entering the crowded field. Prior to the new posting, Dhir was Senior Vice President and Country Manager in India.

Before that he served as vice president and general manager of Netscape in Mountain View, California.

Earlier in his career, he was on the management team of a startup that was later bought by Netscape, and he served in various technology and business roles at Sun Microsystems.

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