Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2008 (Revised June 2011)

Traversing a Career Path: Pat Fili-Krushel (A)

by Kathleen L. McGinn, Deborah M. Kolb and Cailin B. Hammer


Pat Fili-Krushel, CEO and president of WebMD and past president of ABC Network, contemplates accepting Richard Parson's offer to become the first executive vice president of administration at AOL Time Warner. Accepting this position would be a move back into mainstream media but also a career shift from line positions to a corporate staff role. The case profiles Fili-Krushel's media experiences, and her use of interpersonal influence and negotiation, leading up to the critical decision point. After consulting with colleagues throughout the media industry, Fili-Krushel's decision rests on her own career aspirations and her expectations about the future of AOL Time Warner.

Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions; Job Offer; Managerial Roles; Negotiation Tactics; Personal Development and Career; Power and Influence; Media and Broadcasting Industry;


McGinn, Kathleen L., Deborah M. Kolb, and Cailin B. Hammer. "Traversing a Career Path: Pat Fili-Krushel (A)." Harvard Business School Case 909-009, September 2008. (Revised June 2011.)