Nov 23rd 2015

AOL's Jack Bamberger Named to NATPE Board

NATPE, a global TV association that has expanded in recent years to include new and emerging media under its umbrella, has named AOL Senior Vice President and Global Head of Agency Development Jack Bamberger to its board. Adding a digital media company executive such as Jack to its board of largely TV and production company executives represents that expansion into new media and NATPE's commitment to content.

Along with Jack, other incoming board members include senior leaders from Endemol, Viacom, HBO, ABC, CBS, Fox, Telemundo and others. Read more about the freshman class in Variety. Among incumbent board members are executives from GroupM Entertainment, DigitasLbi, CAA, NFL, Warner Brothers, Medialink and others.

The organization is best known for its NATPE Market & Conference in January attended by programming executives, including broadcast and cable networks, producers, program distributors, technology companies and media buyers. Jack will participate in the 2016 conference in Miami.

Nov 3rd 2015

AOL Heralds New Era With Consolidated International Leadership Team

It's been a busy few months at AOL, in fact that's probably the understatement of the century. In our 30 year history, 2015 will be listed as the major milestone in our journey to become the most successful media technology company. We have seen our business acquired by Verizon, we've acquired Millennial Media and entered into a strategic advertising partnership with Microsoft in nine markets.

Nowhere has this change been more pronounced than in our business outside the US, which has seen our footprint more than double in market. Our global reach has exploded with approximately 500m UVs according to comScore (and that's excluding Xbox and the recent addition of Millennial Media) and a physical presence in 21 markets. We are at day one of this journey with a newly supercharged AOL, and we are moving fast.

To support such growth, we are building an organisation that enables our agencies, clients and publishers, to easily navigate our business and solve their business problems through our content brands and ad tech platforms.

With all our recent deals, we have acquired some fantastic talent and seen our presence grow extensively in markets such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. These markets will be led by the former Microsoft Advertising leads - Markus Frank, Christina Lundari, Raul de la Cruz and Marcos Swarowsky respectively. In Japan, I'm delighted to welcome Hirotaka Sakashita, who has joined the AOL team from Microsoft Advertising and will report into Hanazaki Shigeharu, CEO of AOL Platforms Japan. Existing AOL advertising products and services in those markets will all roll up under the newly expanded AOL organizations. Hamish Nicklin, who joined us earlier in the year from Google, will continue to lead the AOL UK business with Stuart Flint, in the role of Commercial Director.

We have also promoted a number of talented people in the existing AOL leadership team. Phil Duffield will take on the role of Head of International Demand overseeing all sales revenue on a programmatic and IO basis. Phil has been with the business since AOL acquired in 2013. He has been a great driver of AOL's programmatic strategy in the APAC region and more recently across all international regions.

Penny Harris, will take on the role of Head of Multinational Sales, offering clients powerful advertising solutions that sit across the worlds of Culture and Code. This will include HuffPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, MSN, Skype, Xbox and AOL brands globally, as well as our global video and programmatic platforms.

Henk Van Niekerk has moved from our San Mateo office to be Head of Publisher Services, International across AOL's complete suite of publisher products. Our goal is "to be the monetisation partner of choice". Henk has built a single team who will be working with publishers to show how AOL can provide all the tools to successfully monetize their properties.

Jo (Jonathan) Bury who previously led our Business Development and Strategic partnerships team in the UK has expanded his role so we can continue to build our open philosophy working. Jo will be working with international advertisers, clients and publishers to drive increased revenue and audiences across our content and ad technology platforms.

Finally, last but by no means least, I'm delighted to welcome Donna Hindson to the leadership team. She was previously Marketing Director for Microsoft Advertising UK and will assume the role of International Head of Field and Channel Marketing. Having worked in Canada, Asia and Europe previously, Donna will bring our market proposition to life in all international markets. She will showcase to our customers the true value of our content and advertising platforms, or our Culture and Code as we like to call it, through partnering with the newly supercharged AOL.

I couldn't be more excited about the road ahead for AOL and with our new team in place we are set to deliver our goal to be the most important media technology business in the world.

Oct 19th 2015

AOL Champions International Day of the Girl

Sunday, Oct. 11, was International Day of the Girl, a day to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. As a company that heavily invests in women and girls every single day, this day was a special opportunity for AOL to continue to lead the discussion, and to encourage individuals everywhere to take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls. published original video and editorial content supporting AOL Charitable Foundation's partnership with the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign. AOL highlighted 17-year-old aspiring poet Khadijah from Malawi and asked consumers to champion their #GirlHero. Social handles including HuffPost Canada, Cambio, AOL Advertising and AOLCSR rallied to provide robust coverage.

MAKERS celebrated by taking a virtual trip around the world highlighting stories from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Australia. In New York, MAKERS partnered with The Girls' Lounge and Barney's New York to launch the #GirlPossible campaign to activate change and make a global impact. The social campaign asked women around the world to answer "Anything is possible when..." The Girls' Lounge hosted a pop-up lounge at Barney's New York where they had a panel of incredible women including MAKERS founder Dyllan McGee and U.S CTO and MAKER Megan Smith for an amazing, unplugged conversation.

Reach out to to learn about upcoming efforts championing women, girls and future leaders.

Oct 8th 2015

AOL Furthers Commitment to Women, Girls and Future Leaders at Global Citizen Festival

With surprise appearances by First Lady, Michelle Obama and Vice President, Joe Biden, performances by Pearl Jam, Sting, Beyoncé and many more, AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong stood center stage at the Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in Central Park. Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, heads of state including Prime Ministers and Secretary Generals and CEOs including Jack Ma and Richard Branson all took to the stage with one message – we will eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 by championing the seventeen newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Citizen Festival channels the power of millions across all sectors to achieve policy and financial commitments supporting the new goals.

Aligning with AOL's focus on empowering women and future leaders, Armstrong pledged our commitment to donate 1 billion+ page views supporting the Global Goals focused on gender equality, poverty elimination and education.

More than 50 AOLers joined the live audience of 60,000 in Central Park, with millions more tuning in live via YouTube, MSNBC and AOL promoted the festival across, HuffPost, Moviefone and Autoblog. The MAKERS: Once And For All trailer was featured during the pre-show loop and showed the full live stream. The Huffington Post featured the goals over the last 17 days and developed a branded page for the event itself.

Join us by taking the pledge to become a global citizen here.

Sep 18th 2015

AOL Charitable Foundation Supports Computer Science For All

Everyday we hear about the education gap and how many students in New York City and around the globe haven't had the opportunity to develop the skills they need for success. This is especially true for students from low-income families.

This is why we're thrilled to announce AOL Charitable Foundation's commitment to support a monumental initiative called Computer Science For All in partnership with Robin Hood Foundation, NYC Department of Education and the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) founded by Fred Wilson.

We hope that this initiative has massive potential to be replicated and implemented in school systems around the globe.

Wednesday, September 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled an exciting plan to bridge the education and technology divide for every single NYC public school student. As a Foundation, we're laser focused on empowering future leaders by providing them with the skills to reach their full potential. These include skills like problem solving, teamwork, creativity, critical thinking and of course computer science.

CS For All will provide 1.1 million NYC public school students, K-12 with access to Computer Science education.

"Historically, New York City and the rest of the United States have seen the cultural, economic and social benefits from investing in next-generation technologies and education. The contributions AOL Charitable Foundation and other partners have made alongside the Mayor's office will allow children of all backgrounds to share equally in the future of a software-driven economy and continue to bolster New York's position as one of the leading technology cities in the world," said Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL.

"We are thrilled to partner with CSNYC, Robin Hood Foundation, and the Fund for Public Schools on this groundbreaking initiative to bring computer science education to every New York City public school student," said Sara Link, President of AOL Charitable Foundation. "It is our aim, along with these partners, to prepare our future leaders with the skills they need to address 21st century challenges."

Click here to read the New York Times article.

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