Tim Armstrong
American musician
Tim Armstrong
Timothy Lockwood Armstrong, known simply as Tim Armstrong, and earlier in his career known as Lint, is a Grammy Award-winning American musician, songwriter, artist, poet, record producer and independent record label owner. During the 1980s he and longtime bandmate Matt Freeman served in several seminal hardcore and ska punk bands in the East Bay music scene, most notably the band Operation Ivy.
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AOL Lays Off 500 People
Huffington Post - 3 months
Verizon Communications Inc’s (VZ.N) AOL digital media company will lay off 5 percent of its workforce, or about 500 employees, to consolidate operations after recent acquisitions, a person familiar with the situation said on Thursday. Most of the cuts will be in corporate units, including human resources, finance, marketing and communications, while resources will be shifted more to AOL’s mobile, video and data offerings, the source said. Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong informed employees about the workforce cuts in an email on Thursday morning. “Due to the deals we have done over the past 12 months, we have added over 1,500 new people to the company,” Armstrong said in the email, which Reuters saw. “As we have settled into those changes, there are a number of areas that require consolidation to improve operations and limit the amount of hand-offs in our business processes.” Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion in July last year, betting that a push into mobile video ...
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When A Company Is Failing, Female CEOs Get Blamed More Frequently Than Men
Huffington Post - 4 months
It’s not your imagination or a just a hunch: Female chief executives are treated differently by the media than their male counterparts, a new analysis of press coverage of CEOs confirms. As you might expect, female CEOs’ personal and family lives are much more frequently the subject of articles, according to the study, an examination of news coverage of 20 chief executives ― men and women ― released Wednesday by the Rockefeller Foundation. More striking than that? The study’s authors could not find a single article written about a male CEO that mentioned family life. But perhaps most significantly, female CEOs are more often blamed when things go wrong at their company. When a company led by a woman was in crisis, 80 percent of the news stories on the situation cited the CEO as a source of the problem, according to Rockefeller’s analysis. When a man was running the company in crisis, stories only blamed him 31 percent of the time. That’s a huge difference and it’s no ...
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AOL's CEO Aims to Build Digital-Ad Empire at Verizon
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong aims to turn Verizon Communications into a digital-advertising powerhouse that poses a credible threat to Facebook and Google, the juggernauts of the digital-ad market.
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Verizon enlists AOL CEO to explore Yahoo deal: Bloomberg
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc has given Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of its AOL unit, a leading role in exploring a possible bid for Yahoo Inc's assets, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, hasn't hired bankers to conduct an offer and there have been no formal talks, according to the report. Yahoo said last week that it would consider "strategic alternatives" for its core Internet business, even as it continues with its plan to revamp the business and spin it off.
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(VIDEO) Digital Ad Creativity has Become "Anemic," AOL CEO Tim Armstrong
Huffington Post - about 1 year
LAS VEGAS - While advances in targeted digital media advertising have become increasing powerful, the creative side of has become "anemic" - and needs to be addressed, says Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL, in this interview with Beet.TV We spoke with him last night at CES about advertising and the big year of 2015 at AOL which included its sale to Verizon, several acquisitions and the integration of the Microsoft advertising operation which has put AOL back on international stage in a big way. We met him at MediaLink's annual CES Executive Dinner Our coverage of CES 2016 is presented by Adobe.   You can find this post on Beet.TV. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=815&width=571&height=350&playList=519394015&responsive=false&colorPallet=#FFCC00&autoStart=false&playerActions=16575&pgType=console&pgTypeId=myvideos-videoDetails-grabCodeBtn"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "& ...
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How Tim Armstrong steered AOL back to the future
LATimes - almost 2 years
In 2009, when Tim Armstrong took over as chief executive of AOL Inc., he faced a daunting task: Turn around a company that had gone from an Internet pioneer to near obsolescence in less than a decade.
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Verizon buys AOL for $4.4bn to take on Google
IT Pro - almost 2 years
Title:  Acquistion Description:  Alt Text:  Acquistion US mobile network Verizon has announced plans to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion (£2.81 billion), as it aims to build its mobile video and advertising offerings to take on the bigwigs like Google. AOL owns a rather broad range of media properties, including the Huffington Post, Techcrunch, Engadget, Makers and AOL.com. By buying the ISP, Verizon is hoping it can become a content producer just like some of the UK's networks including BT and Vodafone. Verizon’s president of operations, John Stratton said the company wanted to buy AOL to boost its subscriptions too. "Certainly the subscription business and the content businesses are very noteworthy. For us, the principal interest was around the ad tech platform," he explained to a Jefferies investor conference yesterday. Verizon wants to launch a video service specifically for mobile device ...
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Is your health-care privacy at risk?
Fox Business News - about 3 years
Patient Privacy Rights founder Dr. Deborah Peel and Heritage Foundation Director of Security Policy Steve Bucci on the fallout from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong’s comments.
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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong apologizes for "distressed babies" remarks
CBS News - about 3 years
Mother wrote essay about her premature daughter's birth after Armstrong blamed complicated births for cutback on retirement contributions
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401(k) match at end of year can undermine benefit
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
AOL has reversed its unpopular plan to match employee 401(k) contributions at the end of the year instead of with every paycheck, but other companies have the same policy. Charles Schwab - one of the top 401(k) plan administrators - Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank all have this policy, according to company representatives or 401(k) audit reports. Citigroup matches once a year, although employees who leave midyear get a prorated match after the end of the year, when it is paid out, a spokesman says. When IBM said in 2012 that it was switching to a once-a-year payout, "it got a lot of press because IBM is a bellwether and is known for having very robust benefits," says Mike Alfred, co-founder of BrightScope, which tracks 401(k) plans. AOL reverses courseWhen AOL tried to switch to a lump-sum payout, it drew howls of protest, which grew louder after its chief executive, Tim Armstrong, said during an internal call that the company needed to save money partly because of ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tim Armstrong
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    In 2016, Armstrong directed the music video for Green Day's single, "Bang Bang".
    More Details Hide Details Armstrong started Hellcat Records in 1997 as a sub-label of Epitaph, owned by Armstrong's friend and Bad Religion member Brett Gurewitz. Armstrong acts as a talent scout for Hellcat, and has final say concerning what groups are signed to the label. Armstrong also owns the merchandise manufacturer Machete Mfg, which provides merchandise for bands on Hellcat Records.;;;; In 2010, Gretsch Guitars introduced the G5191BK Tim Armstrong Electromatic guitar. The single cutaway hollowbody electric guitar featured a 17" wide body in a flat-black urethane finish, parallel tone bars and sound post, two "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups, Grover tuners, big block fretboard inlays, a harp tailpiece and gold-plated hardware. Gretsch advertising for the model prominently features Armstrong with the guitar. It is based on his 1970's-era Gretsch Country Club model which he spray-painted black and flipped to accommodate his left-handed playing. The signature model is available in both right and left-handed models. Fender also put out a signature acoustic model based on Tim's favorite 60's era Fender acoustic guitar. The "Hellcat" has hellcat inlays in the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th fret positions and two skulls in the 12th fret. It is outfitted with a tortoise shell pick guard and Fishman brand electronics. It is available in right and left handed models, as well as a 12-string version.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    And in 2012, Armstrong written and performed on the song "Hi-Roller Baby", with Joe Walsh and it was released on Walsh's critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo album, "Analog Man".
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    Rebirth was released in July 2012 and won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
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    In 2012, he launched a side project under the name Tim Timebomb, initially releasing a download only album, entitled "Tim Timebomb Sings Songs from RocknNRoll Theater", containing songs from his musical film series.
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    Armstrong's father, Don Armstrong, died in June 2012 at the age of 81, and Armstrong dedicated many songs on his latest solo album to him.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    In 2007, he released his first solo album entitled A Poet's Life with The Aggrolites as his backing band.
    More Details Hide Details The track from that album "Into Action" was reported as the number one most played and requested in 2007 on then XM Satellite Radio channel Fungus 53.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    The Transplants break-up was confirmed by Rob Aston on January 16, 2006, when he told a reporter that the group had split.
    More Details Hide Details However, Barker later announced that the trio was working on a new album. They played their first show since 2006 on Conan to promote Barker's new solo album, on which the song "Saturday Night" is featured. It was announced in November 2011 on the Transplants official Facebook page that their new album would be "finished" in December 2011. The latest album entitled "In A Warzone" was released June 25, 2013 on Epitaph Records.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    Her song, "Trouble", a 2003 Rancid outtake, went on to win her a Grammy Award.
    More Details Hide Details He has also collaborated with Gwen Stefani on her debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and has contributed guest vocals on songs for such bands as Bad Religion, Time Again, The Matches, Mest, Good Charlotte, Head Automatica, The Aggrolites and Box Car Racer. He and Matt Freeman also play in a psychobilly band called Devils Brigade. It was announced on August 12, 2011 that Tim Armstrong was working on an album with reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. Their first single, a cover of The Clash song "The Guns of Brixton", was released on October 4, 2011. Sacred Fire EP was released late November 2011.
  • 1999
    Age 32
    In 1999, Armstrong invited roadie Rob Aston ("Skinhead Rob") to add lyrics to some solo material that Armstrong had been creating in his basement, and the two worked together writing and recording music. They formed the group Transplants with drummer Travis Barker, of Blink-182, and released their self-titled debut album on October 22, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details A second Transplants album, Haunted Cities, was released on June 21, 2005.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    Armstrong married musician Brody Dalle in 1997, when she was only 18 and the couple divorced in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Many of the lyrics on the album Indestructible deal with Armstrong's feelings about his divorce. Due to their same last names, Armstrong is at times assumed to be the brother of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong whom he once invited to join his band. Though the two are friends, they are not related. Tim's cousin, Scott, was the guitarist for Canadian punk band Desperate Minds. They did not know each other until they were introduced at a show in Chicago in 1988 by John Jughead of Screeching Weasel.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 20
    In 1987, along with singer Jesse Michaels, bassist Matt Freeman and drummer Dave Mello, Armstrong formed the ska punk band Operation Ivy and enjoyed modest success before the group disbanded in 1989, the same night the album was released.
    More Details Hide Details The band would go on to achieve worldwide cult success in the years following its break-up. Downfall was an aftershock of Operation Ivy. Armstrong, Freeman, and Mello were joined by Mello's brother Pat, and Jason Hammon. Pat and Jason would both play guitar, while Armstrong took up duties on vocals. They lasted three months (December 1989 to March 1990), playing only at a few parties and twice at Gilman St. They released one song on Maximumrocknroll's They Don't Get Paid, They Don't Get Laid, but Boy, Do They Work Hard! compilation, one song on David Hayes' Very Small World compilation, one song on Lookout! Records' Can of Pork compilation, and recorded a demo. It disbanded when Freeman joined MDC on bass while Armstrong was a roadie for the band, while Pat and Dave went on to form Schlong.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 18
    Basic Radio was founded in 1985 and included Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong.
    More Details Hide Details The band never released any albums or EPs, but recorded demos and were featured on local compilations. 2 years later they broke up and Operation Ivy was founded shortly after.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Age -2
    Born in 1965.
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