AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong apologized to his entire staff for firing an employee in public. He sent out a letter to the employees, which was obtained by a leading newspaper. In this letter, the executive “I am writing you to acknowledge the mistake I made last Friday during the Patch all-hands meeting when I publicly fired Abel Lenz. It was an emotional response at the start of a difficult discussion dealing with many people’s careers and livelihoods.”
He was speaking to employees regarding one of AOL’s news services Patch and preparing them for the imminent troubles and layoffs facing the company. He is heard to have reprimanded Abel Lenz, Patch’s creative director and told him “you’re fired”. This entire event has been recorded and circulated in the media
The company is expected to announce their layoffs some time this week.