As President of Consumer Applications & Commerce and head of AOL’s Silicon Valley operations, Brad Garlinghouse leads the charge around AOL’s renewed focus on innovation and most importantly, the consumer. This includes the company’s efforts to expand the global reach of its communications products such as AOL Mail and AIM as well as reinvigorate the company’s mobile and social strategy and its legacy client and toolbar products.
Brad also leads a newly created Commerce Group that will focus on developing new commerce opportunities and initiatives across all of AOL’s sites.
In addition to Brad’s responsibilities for growing AOL’s Consumer Applications business, he is the West Coast lead for AOL Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm.
Brad believes that a truly successful company begins with its employees and the culture they build together as a team. So in addition to his daily responsibilities on the senior management team, Brad is incredibly focused on creating a winning culture at AOL by constantly challenging the way people think and approach their day-to-day roles at the company.
Prior to joining AOL in 2009, Brad was a Senior Advisor at Silver Lake Partners, serving as an in-house counselor on a variety of potential acquisitions. Before that, Brad spent nearly six years at Yahoo! most recently serving as SVP of Communications and Communities. During his tenure, he also oversaw Front Doors, which included the Yahoo! home page. Brad came to Yahoo! in 2003 as VP, Communications Products. Under his leadership, Yahoo! Mail went from No. 3 to leading all competitors by a wide margin, and the company’s messaging service rose to become the leader in that market as well. Brad also oversaw the company’s Flickr photo-sharing service and Yahoo! Groups.
Before Yahoo!, Brad was CEO of Dialpad.com Inc., responsible for the company’s operations, finance, sales and marketing. He was also General Partner at @Ventures, Category Manager of Media Development for @Home, Inc., and Manager at SBC Communications.
Brad earned a BA in economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard.