In what is turning out to be a day of exodus for AOL following the earlier departure of CTO Alex Gounares, two more prominent AOL Tech staffers have announced their departures from the company.
TechCrunch has announced that Editor Erick Schonfeld is leaving the site, to be replaced by recent hire Eric Eldon. Schonfeld first joined TechCrunch in 2007, serving as Co-Editor alongside founder Michael Arrington. Following AOL’s acquisition of TechCrunch, and Arrington’s very public departure, Schonfeld took over as sole Editor in September, 2011. During his tenure, Schonfeld hired Eric Eldon in November, and now, just over three months later, Eldon will take the reigns as Editor of TechCrunch. Prior to joining TechCrunch, Eldon worked for VentureBeat, and helped to found Inside Facebook and its parent company, Inside Networks.
Speaking of his former boss, Eldon wrote on TechCrunch today, “Erick is an extremely experienced journalist and editor, he has worked hard to make the best of a very tough situation in recent months, and he’s done a great job of assembling a new team of young veterans… Erick deserves a lot of credit for what TechCrunch is today.”
Schonfeld spoke via. Twitter following the announcement, saying “TechCrunch is in good hands. I’m very proud of the team I’ve built there”.
As if two major executives leaving in one day wasn’t enough, Peter Kafka reports on AllThingsD that Huffington Post Tech Head Tim Dierks is also leaving the company after only 5 short months. Dierks will be replaced, at least temporarily temporarily, by SVP of AOL Tech, Michael Manos.
Dierks was hired back in September, leaving a job at Google to become The Huffington Post’s senior vice president of engineering, and eventually replacing Paul Berry as HuffPo’s CTO. AOL PR has not yet issued a comment on Dierks’ departure.