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STEVE CASE ELECTED CEO OF AMERICA ONLINE, INC.; BUSINESS UNITS CREATED; MANAGEMENT TEAM STRENGTHENED

 VIENNA, Va., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- America Online, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMER) announced today that is has elected its president, Steve Case, to the additional position of chief executive officer. In addition, the company announced that it has created new business units to take greater advantage of emerging business opportunities, and that it has strengthened its management team by hiring several additional executives.
 Case, a co-founder of America Online, has served as president since January 1991. "Under Steve's leadership, America Online has become the nation's fastest growing online service," said James Kimsey, chairman. "He is uniquely qualified to lead this company into the future."
 The company announced the formation of three new business units -- media, computing and education/special interest -- to take greater advantage of emerging business opportunities. "We plan to expand our tapestry of strategic alliances, as they help us attract new subscribers and differentiate our content," said Case. "We've better aligned our organization with our most strategic area of focus. As a result, we're now poised for more aggressive growth."
 In conjunction with this move, the company announced the following management changes:
 -- Jan Brandt has been named vice president of marketing. Brandt joined America Online this month after spending more than 15 years in publishing and direct marketing positions. Most recently, Brandt was vice president of advertising at Newfield Publications, a $150 million direct marketer of children's books and merchandise. Previously, Brandt ran her own direct marketing agency.
 -- Jonathan Bulkeley has been named general manager of media, with responsibility for alliances with newspapers and magazines. Bulkeley joined America Online last month after spending 8 years at Time, Inc., most recently as market development director of Money Magazine.
 -- Lyn Cameron has been named general manager of computing, with responsibility for alliances with computer and software companies. Cameron joined America Online in February after working in the software industry for more than a decade, most recently as VP sales and marketing at Imara Systems.
 -- Jack Daggitt has been named general manager of education and special interests, with responsibility for establishing alliances with associations, strengthening America Online's presence in the education market, and expanding the information content on America Online. Daggitt was previously director of services for America Online.
 -- Kathy Ryan has been named managing editor of the America Online service, with responsibility for integrating the activities of the business units into an online offering that meets the needs of the growing America Online subscriber base. Ryan was previously director of product marketing for America Online.
 -- Jean Villanueva was named vice president of corporate communications, with responsibility for increasing America Online's visibility. Villanueva was previously vice president of marketing.
 -- Audrey Weil has been named vice president of corporate development, with responsibility for developing strategies and alliances to enter new markets. Weil was previously vice president of development.
 The technology/operations and finance/administration groups, headed by Michael Connors and Lennert Leader, respectively, remain unchanged.
 America Online, Inc. is the nation's fastest growing provider of online services to consumers in the United States. The company offers subscribers a wide variety of services, including electronic mail, conferencing, news, sports, weather, stock quotes, software, computing support and online classes. These services can be accessed from a broad range of personal computers using America Online's proprietary icon- based windowing software. Founded in 1985, the company has established strategic alliances with more than 30 companies including IBM, Microsoft and Tribune Company. The company completed an initial stock offering in March 1992. Personal computer owners can obtain free America Online software by calling 800-827-6364.
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 /CONTACT: Jean Villanueva of America Online, 703-448-8700/
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