Steve Case: Man of the Hour

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 5:32 PM EDT
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Steve Case: Man of the Hour

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WASHINGTON - MAY 08: Chairman and CEO of Revolution Health and former CEO of AOL Steve Case speaks during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill May 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on the challenges and opportunities on finding cures for cancer in the 21st century. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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The Smithsonian Board of Regents is nominating AOL co-founder Steve Case to join the board, pending approval from Congress and President Barack Obama.

The board voted Monday to nominate Case, of McLean Va, who was chairman of AOL Time Warner until 2003.  Since then, Case has co-founded the investment firm Revolution, which has investments in ZipCar, Living Social and other sectors.

Smithsonian board chairwoman Patricia Stonesifer said Case will be a valuable addition as the museum complex seeks to increase its web endeavors.

President Obama’s approval seems virtually assured. He met with Case Monday at the White House after naming Case the leader of the administration’s ``Startup America" private sector effort to spur new businesses.

Longtime pal and partner Ted Leonsis  called Case "the right man at the right place at the right time."

Two members of Congress also joined the Smithsonian board Monday: Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Ohio Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette.

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