Canadian visitors on AOL properties grew substantially in August moving AOL Inc. to the number-four position in the portal category. This growth is being driven by The Huffington Post which recently launched in Canada. HuffPost Canada has grown 21 per cent to 1.9 million unique visitors, surpassing National Post sites for the second consecutive month.
AOL and The Huffington Post Canada have hired a roster of professionals to join their fast-growing team, including new hires Vivian Ip, director of agency sales and operations for AOL Canada and Danielle Crittenden as managing blog editor for The Huffington Post Canada.
“AOL Canada is acting on our 2011 commitment to build a smart, creative and competitive team in every part of our business, including signature channels like The Huffington Post Canada,” said Moysey. “And with our solid group of both media and editorial contributors in place, we will create an even bigger and better splash in 2012.”
Vivian joins AOL Canada from Canoe.ca where she spent two years as the senior director, media solutions. AOL Canada has now surpassd Canoe in portal traffic. Danielle is an author, journalist and blogger who has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The National Post, and elsewhere.
The Huffington Post Canada editorial team also added Althia Raj as Ottawa bureau chief in August 2011 from Postmedia News. “Althia and Danielle are great additions to The Huffington Post Canada and we’re thrilled to have them aboard,” notes Moysey. “Althia has a track record of breaking stories and is passionate about federal politics. Danielle brings with her a long track record of excellent journalism and has already helped bring a diversity of voices to our blogs.”