Really happy for Tim Amrstrong and his new challenge at AOL. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him in both my AdSense and YouTube roles since 2003. He’s a visionary, honest and strong leader. His AOL team will now get to hear the details of the AOL and MySpace ad deal negotiations. Both of which were classicly awesome gets on his part. One of which involved running to a helicopter if i recall correctly.
This past summer I had the chance to join Tim and his sales leads in an offsite to discuss how to best organize their teams against the growing display advertising business. There were lots of viewpoints in the room but Tim let the group reach a consensus via setting clear goals, facilitating discussion and holding people accountable. It was a masterful job of leadership and one of the touchstones I’ll remember after Tim is gone.