AOL’s Tim Armstrong Fires an Employee With No Warning
AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong had a conference call the other day with about a thousand employees from AOL’s Patch news network. The employees were afraid they’d be losing their jobs, after AOL announced plans to downsize Patch. So Armstrong got on the phone to reassure them. But it didn’t work quite right . . . mainly because he FIRED someone in the middle of the call. On the spot, with no warning. The guy’s name is Abel Lenz, who was Patch’s Creative Director. He was taking pictures of the meeting to send out to the employees, and Armstrong got annoyed and just fired him. But people from the company said Lenz used to take pictures in meetings all the time.