Tim Armstrong

Oath CEO

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How Do You Compete With Rivals?

You know, in life you always want to compete to the best of your ability, and our company wants to beat all the competition. And I think really looking at the competition in terms of…

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How Do You Find a Needle in a Haystack?

First of all, I would make sure that you are at the right haystack, but more importantly, what I would do is I would get a leaf blower and I would blow all the hay…

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How Do You Manage Your Emails?

So, with email, one of the things that is really, really important, and I learned this maybe 15 years ago, is what I call the outbox-inbox problem, which is, especially if you're a CEO, and…

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What Would You Be Doing in Another Life?

I grew up in a military household. My dad was in the navy and served in Vietnam. I just as kid growing up thought that I would always be in the military, and a whole…

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What's the Most Surprising Thing About Being a CEO?

The CEO has to operate in areas that are uncomfortable. From the standpoint of leadership, you know, many people in making decisions really wanna be in a safety zone, and in many cases as a…

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What Was the Worst Advice Someone Gave You?

I got advice one time, when we were putting together the AOL Board of Directors, from somebody outside the company who said to me, "You should put together a board of your friends and people…

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What Is the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

You know, I've been given lots of advice that's been incredibly helpful over the course of my career. I'll give you two quick ones. One was from Howard Schultz from Starbucks who, when I first…

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What’s the Most Important Skill You Use That School Did Not Teach You?

But one skill I've learned over the years and I think I've become fairly good at is listening. I think listening is the most important skill. And the second one I didn't know, I grew…

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What Is Your Must-Ask Job Interview Question?

My job interview question, I don't think I should tell you, because it's my secret one and it works every time. I ask people, very quickly, I do a few warmup questions and then I…

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How Do You Conduct Performance Reviews?

Performance reviews are something that I'm passionate about, and we just tried something very unusual at AOL. We have a normal review process that most companies have, and instead we tried, we hired a former…

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What’s Your Biggest Career Mistake?

There's been two or three times where, just from being out doing public townhalls or things, that I have had, you know, issues in the press, and in my intention in those was actually positive, when…

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How Do You Come up With Your Best Ideas?

You know it's interesting, from my personality (and I think everybody's different), I do two things for ideation. One is I block off time on my calendar; I call it "thinking time." And then the…

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How Do You Give Critical Feedback?

I think the biggest one is actually asking questions. One of the things that I find the most, and it happens with me also, I have some mentors of mine that ask me questions. They'll say,…

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What Is Your Biggest Time-Saving Trick?

My biggest time-saving trick is, I think, commuting times. Most people commute at the same time as everybody else does overall, so I try to vary my commute times up. I have three small children—I…

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"Began his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston"

Tim Armstrong is the current CEO of Oath. Under Tim’s leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015.

Prior to joining AOL, Tim spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and Senior Vice President of Google Inc., as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Tim started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Tim has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline.

Tim serves on the board of The Priceline Group, Inc., The Paley Center for Media, the New York regional board of Teach for America, the Waterside Charter School in Stamford, CT, as Chairman Emeritus for the Ad Council, and as a trustee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also acts as an advisor to the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm driven by former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, General Stan McChrystal. Additionally, Tim is the chairman of the IAB Education Foundation, a new non-profit working to improve diversity and close the skills gap across the digital media and advertising landscape. An ardent champion of community service, Tim was honored by the Ad Council with their 60th Annual Public Service Award in 2013.

Tim is a graduate of Connecticut College and Lawrence Academy. He has served as a trustee for both.