Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes sent the following memo to staffers explaining that the company has finalised plans to spin off AOL.
Because it kind of sounds like he’s sending the whole company off to “spend more time with its family,” we like the part where Jeff writes:
“I’d like to thank the management and employees of AOL for the many contributions they have made, and continue to make, to our company.”
Here’s the memo, forwarded from Kara Swisher’s inbox:
May 28, 2009
To: Time Warner Colleagues
From: Jeff Bewkes
Subject: Time Warner Announces Plan to Separate AOL
As you know, we’ve been working with AOL’s new management to move that company into the next phase of its evolution. To that end, we’ve been discussing the optimal ownership structure to enable AOL to fully realise its potential as a global Web services company. This morning, we announced that our Board of Directors has authorised management to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of AOL from Time Warner. Following the proposed transaction, which we aim to complete around the end of the year, AOL would be an independent, publicly traded company.
We believe that a separation will place both Time Warner and AOL in the best position to succeed, with greater operational and strategic flexibility. As an independent company, AOL should be a stronger competitor that is better able to deliver new and innovative products and services. At the same time, the separation will be another important step in the process we began last year of refocusing Time Warner to an even greater degree on our core content businesses.
For additional details about the proposed transaction, please click here to read the press release. I know you will have questions about this separation and how it may affect you and our company. We will provide more information as it becomes available over the coming months.
In the meantime, I’d like to thank the management and employees of AOL for the many contributions they have made, and continue to make, to our company. I’d also like to thank all Time Warner employees for your hard work and dedication. We’re making great progress toward our goals of building Time Warner into the world’s leading content company and improving our stockholders’ returns. With your continued support, I’m confident we have a bright future.
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