Tim Armstrong is CEO of AOL Inc., a leading global media technology company headquartered in New York City and operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Today, AOL serves over 500 million consumers every month across the globe, and maintains partnerships with thousands of the world's leading companies. AOL owns, builds and operates global media brands and provides technology and services to over 10,000 other brands and media companies. Under Tim’s leadership, AOL was acquired by Verizon for 4.4 billion dollars on May 12, 2015. Prior to joining AOL, Tim spent almost a decade at Google, where he served as President of Google's Americas Operations and Senior Vice President of Google Inc. as well as serving on the company's global operating committee. Tim started in his career by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA before moving into the Internet industry, where he has worked as a team member, investor or co-founder at numerous companies, including Starwave (sold to Disney / ESPN / ABC Internet Ventures), Snowball (IPO), Associated Content (sold to Yahoo), and Patch (sold to AOL). Tim has also been an active investor in the start-up community, both on and offline. Tim serves on the board of The Priceline Group, Inc., The Paley Center for Media, the New York regional board of Teach for America, the Waterside Charter School in Stamford, CT, as Chairman Emeritus for the Ad Council, and as a trustee for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He also acts as an advisor to the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm driven by former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, General Stan McChrystal. Additionally, Tim is the chairman of the IAB Education Foundation, a new non-profit working to improve diversity and close the skills gap across the digital media and advertising landscape. An ardent champion of community service, Tim was honored by the Ad Council with their 60th Annual Public Service Award in 2013.Tim is a graduate of Connecticut College and Lawrence Academy. He has served as a trustee for both.
Shana Fisher is the Managing Partner of HLVP, a NY Based venture fund focused on early stage investments. From December 2003 to June 2010, Ms. Fisher served as IAC's Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Mergers and Acquisitions, and prior to that as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for IAC. Previously, Ms. Fisher served as Vice President and Director, Media and Technology Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance for Allen & Company, LLC. In this capacity she led principle investments and advised publicly traded technology firms, private telecommunications firms and media companies. Prior to Allen & Company, LLC., Ms. Fisher was a program manager for the Microsoft Corporation. Ms. Fisher received her B.A. from Hampshire College with a triple major in Sculpture, Philosophy and Linguistics and attended the Master of Arts program at New York University's ITP.
William Floyd is a public policy professional, issues management strategist and lobbyist with nearly 30 years experience working in government, private and nonprofit sectors. Currently Mr. Floyd is the head of external affairs for Google New York and responsible for managing the company’s outward facing presence in the state. His responsibilities include leading Google’s government and regulatory interactions, public affairs programs and community relations in New York. Before joining Google, Mr. Floyd was a member of the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner, one of New York City’s leading government affairs firms, where he provided strategic counsel and government affairs support for a wide array of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors. In 2010, the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner joined the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where Mr. Floyd became a senior advisor in its Government and Regulatory Policy Division, representing clients on New York City matters. In 2003, Mr. Floyd served as Executive Director of the New York City Districting Commission, a multipartisan government agency charged with redrawing the City’s fiftyone councilmatic district lines. He, along with the fifteenmember Commission and staff of 18 professionals, crafted a final reapportionment plan that was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice without comment or change – an unprecedented event in New York City’s history. Prior to the Districting Commission, he was the Director of Community Affairs for New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications Inc., one of the largest telecommunications company in the country, with primary responsibility over each state’s philanthropic, economic development and community outreach efforts. Most notably, Mr. Floyd organized Verizon’s response immediately following the terrorist attacks on September 11th. In addition, he served as Verizon’s lobbyist, representing the company before local governments in New York State on regulatory and legislative matters. Before that, Mr. Floyd held positions at the New York Building Congress, where he spearheaded several public affairs programs, and Winner/Wagner and Associates, a national public affairs firm. During his nine years in New York City government, he worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city’s lead agent for economic development, as well as in other City agencies, including the 1989 New York City Charter Revision Commission, the organization that dismantled the Board of Estimate and expanded the New York City Council. A graduate of Columbia College, where he earned a B.A. in Urban Affairs, Economics and Education, Mr. Floyd is active on several nonprofit boards: Vera Institute of Justice, the NYC Citizen’s Budget Commission and the Children's Museum of the Arts. William and his husband of 23 years, Jeremy Berman, live in Manhattan with their seven year old son, Elijah.