Directors of AOL Time Warner could be planning a boardroom coup to oust chairman Stephen M Case, according to press reports.
The New York Times reported that the company's directors may seek Case's removal at a board meeting in New York on Thursday.
Case is fighting the move and will probably have enough support to forestall an open challenge at the meeting, the paper said.
Shareholders will have the opportunity to vote on his position at the company's annual meeting in the spring.
Under the terms of the merger which Case negotiated between AOL and Time Warner, a vote of three-quarters of the board is required to unseat him as chairman.
AOL Time Warner executives have acknowledged over the past few months that Case has come under fire from several shareholders angry about his role as chief architect of AOL's acquisition of Time Warner.
Shares of the combined company have fallen more than 70 per cent since the deal closed because of disappointment with the merger.
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