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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: "Don't Congratulate Me."

Posted by: David Kiley on September 23, 2009

I bumped into AOL CEO Tim Armstrong during an Advertising Week conference in New York this week. I hadn’t seen him since before he was named CEO of struggling online portal AOL. I thought it polite to say “congratulations” on the gig.

Armstrong, the former Google sales chief who surprised many by taking the AOL job, looked back at me and said…”Not yet…nothing to congratulate me on yet.”

It’s a healthy attitude you don’t come across much in CEO land. Congratulate me when I have actually done something besides get the gig.

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September 23, 2009 01:19 PM

Humble, and refeshing.Rarely hear remark such as this by corporate big-guys. I hope you're as inventive as well as low key, Mr. Armstrong..because this fossil which is A. O. L gives me the creeps...just reaks of censorhip and big-brother tactics. I'd like to see the venue overhauled... Too much control seeping into the industry. IMHO.

Wendy Hanson

September 23, 2009 10:12 PM

It is very refreshing and does sound like Tim. Wouldn't it be nice if all CEO's were that committed to making something happen.
It's going to be great fun to watch--and AOL is clearly being watched!

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