Janine Iamunno, VP of communications for AOL’s Patch, is leaving the local news unit after two years.
Iamunno, former senior director of PR for CNN, said in a Facebook post that she made the “tough decision” to step down. “It’s been an extraordinary journey and I will always believe in our vision and ultimate success,” she said, adding there is “more to come” on her next move.
Iamunno has represented the AOL division through its heavily scrutinized (and well-funded) development of the past few years, including layoffs earlier this year in its quest for profitability as a national network of local news sites.
Patch was co-founded by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in 2007.
Iamunno was previously senior manager of communications for MTV after working PR for documentary filmmaker Arnold Shapiro.
Jolie Hunt, chief marketing and communications officer for AOL, told O'Dwyer's the company is recruiting a new PR head for Patch.
Jim Romanekso first reported the exit on his blog.