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May 10th 2016

AOL Appoints Head of Americas and New Canadian Managing Director

As AOL continues to grow globally, the business has announced two new executive appointments in the Americas. AOL opened its first LatAm office in Sao Paulo in October 2015 and this week it will officially launch the AOL proposition in Brazil. In growing the organization and by carving out regional leadership in both Brazil and Canada, AOL continues to expand and invest in its talent globally.

Joe Strolz, who formerly led AOL Canada and was the Partner Integration lead for Microsoft Advertising, has been appointed as Head of Americas for AOL. In his new role, Joe will continue to oversee the strategy for the Americas region outside of the US with a focus on building AOL's footprint in Latin America. Joe will report to Graham Moysey, Head of International, AOL. In addition, Brad Cressman will take on the role of Managing Director of AOL Canada, stepping up from his previous role as Head of Business Operations.

Graham Moysey, Head of International, AOL said: "AOL has been laser focused on growing its presence globally and in the last year we have seen our global footprint grow substantially through organic growth, acquisition and partnerships. Canada has been a strong catalyst for our international growth, and with Brazil officially launching this week, we are doubling down on the opportunity in the Americas. Under Joe and Brad's leadership AOL will be focused on accelerating our market presence in the Americas through our global portfolio of brands, and our advertising and publisher platforms."

Since joining AOL in 2013, Joe has been an incredibly strong leader, driving the growth of the Canadian business in video, programmatic, and original content, as well as leading the successful integration of Microsoft's advertising business globally across the US, Canada, UK, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Japan. Under Joe's leadership, AOL Canada ranked on the list of Canada's 100 best workplaces and was also named one of North America's 50 most engaged workplaces.

Brad Cressman will be tasked with defining the local strategy for AOL in Canada based on the company's global objectives and will continue to run operations of all aspects of the Canadian business. In over five years at AOL, Brad has played a key role in the launch of HuffPost Canada, the evolution of AOL's content and brands platforms including, AOL's foray into original video content, and most recently leading the day-to-day business as Head of Business Operations.

May 9th 2016

#MeaningfulMonday Monster Help Day Volunteer Lead Spotlight: Adam Lauer-Brown

Last week we shared our first in a series of blog posts this month we're calling #MeaningfulMondays. Each week we are spotlighting a Monster Help Day site lead. Monster Help Day is AOL's company-wide day of service, when we get out of the office and give back to our local communities.

Why do we keep talking about Monster Help Day? Because it's huge, and awesome. Last year, 3,000 employees in 27 cities volunteered 11,000 hours of their time to support 63 non-profit organizations, and this year, we're going even bigger with 150 projects in 47 cities! These projects cover a range of needs, from teaching kids to code, to helping victims of domestic violence with confidence building and career readiness, there are hundreds of projects employees choose to participate in based on their skills and interests. AOLers worldwide unleash their talents to do something meaningful. See, watch, and read more at http://monsterhelp.aol.com.

Site leads are AOLers who go above and beyond committing their time to not only making Monster Help Day a success, but also to giving back to their communities on their own time. This week we're spending time with Adam Lauer-Brown, Principal Marketing Manager, AOL Core, Volunteer Lead for Washington DC's Only Make Believe project.

Q: Hey Adam! Can you tell us more about your Monster Help Day project?
This year I chose Only Make Believe, an organization that creates and performs interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities. For Monster Help Day, we are transforming one of our DC conference rooms into a workshop to make costumes for the shows.

Q: What is your favorite part of Monster Help Day?
My favorite part is interacting with people. I'm a people person so I like being in contact with the community. I was at an agency prior to joining AOL, there wasn't a real focus on giving back, so I love that we do this at AOL. It shows the type of culture we have here.

Q: Why is participating in Monster Help Day so important to you?
I think we tend to get so caught up in our daily lives, that our time is consumed. We forget about giving back and the impact we can make. I would encourage everyone to participate in their communities.

AOL Monster Help Day is May 13th this year, and you can see all the great work employees are doing on that day by following AOL CSR on Twitter and the hashtag #AOLGivesBack.

May 3rd 2016

Unleashing the Next Generation of Builders: Biggest Take Your Child to Work Day in AOL History

Building on our commitment to inspire the next generation of leaders, last Thursday we welcomed more than 1,400 children, ranging from newborns to 16-year-olds, in 20 AOL offices globally. From Tel Aviv to Beverly Hills and everywhere in between, we championed our largest Take Your Child to Work Day yet, engaging 70% more children than last year. And it was a blast!

The children were welcomed with a video from CEO Tim Armstrong. CMO Allie Kline kicked off the day in New York City , while Seth Dempsey started the fun in Dulles. Arianna Huffington chimed in via video giving the children some 'homework': to record and share their own #TalkToMe video, in which they interview their parents and then post it on social media using the #TalkToMe hashtag. As an example, check out Matthew and Tawyna McCarthy's adorable interview.

Over the course of the day, children enjoyed age-specific programming highlighting AOL's brands and tech, including MAKERS, XBOX, and Engadget, but there was plenty of room for fun and philanthropy. In Toronto and New York, children participated in mini Monster Help Day projects, including decorating and preparing care packages for homeless shelters and creating dog toys for animal rescue center, Animal Haven.

In partnership with The White House, we welcomed over 50 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Special thanks to our teams in Ashburn, Dulles and New York for hosting these amazing high school students and to the fantastic AOLers who hosted them for the day!

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation joined us in our New York headquarters, and featured Arianna's #TalkToMe video and our age-specific workbooks on the Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day website. The White House provided social media support highlighting AOL's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and also shared original video content that was published on AOL.com's article page which was retweeted by US Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

In addition, 1010 WINS covered AOL's program, interviewing Sara Link, Head of Citizen AOL as well as one of the participating Littles from AOL's Big Brothers Big Sisters' Workplace Mentoring Program.

To see pictures from the day, check out this blog post with a summary of the day from social media, and by searching the hashtag #AOLGivesBack on Twitter.

May 2nd 2016

Take Your Child to Work Day 2016 at AOL

AOL is committed to developing the next generation of builders and innovators, and this year we hosted over 1,400 children across 20 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day. With that many kids in our offices, there's bound to be some memorable moments. We encouraged employees to share their experiences from the day using the hashtag #AOLGivesBack; here are some of our favorites.

There was art on the walls.

And art on shirts.

Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band brought the tunes.

Hershey's provided ice cream, s'mores and smiles to our New York office.

Children in our Dulles office had a ton of fun.

Kids learned about the business.

CEO Tim Armstrong got in on the fun too, spending time with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

One of our resident social media experts shared her skills with the kids.

MAKERS in the making created their own storyboards.

Children learned about the importance of doing something meaningful.

To see more from our biggest Take Your Child to Work Day, check out the hashtag #AOLGivesBack on Twitter and Instagram.

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