Falco said: "I hope they (Microsoft and Yahoo) beat each other's brains out over search and leave the display advertising market to us. I think it's a mistake, but I think Napoleon said, 'never interrupt your enemy when they're in the middle of making a mistake'."
Since Falco joined AOL in November 2006, from his position of president and chief operating office at US TV network NBC, he has overseen continual investment in improving AOL's display ad offering.
AOL has bought behavioural targeting firm Tacoda, mobile ad network Third Screen Media, German ad network AdTech and targeting firm Quigo under Falco's tenure. This month it added to its advertising armoury by purchasing affiliate network Buy.at.