I’ve been sitting on this post for weeks thanks to the embargo on Ben Horowitz’s new book, which I reviewed earlier in full here. As I was reading my galley of the book, the astoundingly shameful story about AOL CEO Tim Armstrong complaining that saving the lives of two of his employees‘ “distressed” babies had cost him...
Here are my top three examples of executives who aren't leaders, no matter who says so, how long they've been at the helm, or even how profitable their company is. Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was forced to issue an apology for singling...Show More Summary
AOL's "gaffe-prone" CEO, Tim Armstrong, "got in some hot water" last week, said Tim Fernholz at Quartz. He already had angered employees by announcing that the company would no longer contribute matching funds every pay period to its...Show More Summary
Lucky for Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, business is good. For a somewhat new media company, it has several successful branches — the Verge, Eater, Curbed, SB Nation. While Bankoff once held a high ranking position at a legacy Web company (AOL), he seems content working with a newer, fresher brand. But what if he weren’t at Vox, where would...
Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong chose to tell a company-wide conference call that two AOL employees who had “distressed babies” requiring high health care costs and the Affordable Care Act was forcing him to make cuts to 401(k) benefits. Show More Summary
AOL’s CEO, Tim Armstrong, did precisely the thing that they tell you to do in public speaking classes: Tell a story to illustrate why you’re doing something (or why you should do something). It helps people relate, it builds empathy, and it allows your audience to understand where you are coming from. The only problem […]
NEW YORK (AP) — You’ve got gaffes. AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong isn’t one to mince words. Over the weekend, he apologized for insensitive comments and backtracked from an unpopular plan to pay matching 401(k) retirement contributions in a lump sum at the end of the year. Show More Summary
AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong is still reeling from his massive "distressed babies" public relations debacle. At a town hall meeting, Armstrong blamed two AOL employees' "distressed babies" and their pricey health care costs for the company's decision to cut employee retirement benefits, Reuters reports. Deanna Fei, an accomplished writer......
Throwing Shade #30: The Olympics and... 14:21 Not only are Bryan and Erin Team Farrow this week, but Erin talks about Tony Robbin's impersonator/AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's ill-conceived attack on distressed babies. And a football star is...Show More Summary
At the Makers Conference in Southern California on Tuesday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong took the stage. But it wasn't to discuss any "distressed babies" that landed him in hot water recently. In fact, he didn't take any questions at all. Instead,...Show More Summary
Post by Michele Zipp. Last week AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong angered many when he blamed distressed babies as the reason employees weren't going to get certain benefits. He called out two babies, without using names. Babies born to his employees...Show More Summary
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's extremely regrettable decision to blame a new policy cutting employees' retirement benefits on how much money the company spent on two "distressed babies" was an outrage. So much so that Armstrong apologized publicly,...Show More Summary
As the fallout from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's remarks about "distressed babies" and subsequent apology continues, a public relations firm that specializes in crisis management has been tasked with seeking "correction" and "clarification" of the coverage of the story. Show More Summary
AOL’s Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong has a job to do. As the top executive of a public company, it is Armstrong’s responsibility to do what he must to improve the bottom line—even if that involves ‘cost-shaming’ two AOL employees suffering the difficulties of caring for babies born with serious health challenges in order to [...]
Blaming others is never a good strategy for media relations, nor is it good for employee morale. AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong did precisely the thing that they tell you to do in public speaking classes: Tell a story to illustrate why you're doing something (or why you should do something). Show More Summary
Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's chose to tell a company-wide conference call that two AOL employees had "distressed babies" requiring health care expenditures of around $1 million each — which was one of the reasons he had to make 401(k) benefits less generous. Show More Summary
Does AOL CEO Tim Armstrong have an issue with pregnant employees? Well, that's what Valleywag was wondering. To recap, Armstrong caused a stir last week by shifting the company's 401(K) payment schedule to a year-end lump sum—because, he said, AOL has had to pay big bucks to "two AOL-ers...
Two unsubstantiated claims from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong about his company's cuts to retirement plans elicited two very different reactions from one Fox News segment. Last week, AOL's chief executive officer Tim Armstrong announced that...Show More Summary
AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong invited outrage last week when he said changes to the company’s 401(k) plan were necessary due to high medical costs, singling out two women whose “distressed babies” cost the company as much as $1 million each. Deanna Fei, one of the mothers in question, strikes back: Let’s set aside the fact that Armstrong—who […]
He apologized, but he's still an a-hole. After making "distressed babies" into a derogatory hashtag overnight, and creating massive backlash among employees and in the media, AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong reversed course on the retirement benefits cut that started the fiasco. Show More Summary