AOL Inclusive Chief Executive OfficerTim Armstrong has made a rare apology to employees after he openly fired a staff member at a meeting last week. He made the apology by sending a memo to employees, which said sorry for the way he fired the staff member.
Abel Lenz, a creative director for AOL's Patch local-news business, was fired by the CEO in a room full of employees and thousand others who were listening to a conference call on Aug 9.
Armstrong said yesterday in the memo, "I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday during the Patch all-hands meeting when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. I am the CEO and leader of the organization, and I take that responsibility seriously".
Last week's meeting was conducted to discuss cutbacks at Patch, which Armstrong wants to convert into a thriving business by the end of the year. More than $300 million has been spent by the company to develop the sites.
A leaked audio recording of the meeting appeared on the website of media blogger Jim Romenesko, which made Lenz's ouster a public fodder.
Armstrong said in a staff memo on Tuesday that it was mistake to fire an employee publicly in front of thousands of workers.
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