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Twitter under Agrawal removes ‘controversial’ figure

Under instructions from Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, two senior executives have stepped down as part of the reorganisation plan of the India-born, IIT-trained engineer.

A report in The Washington Post, which has cited an internal email, says Chief Officer of Dantley Davis, who had joined the company in 2019, and Head of Michael Montano, who had joined in 2011, have quit.

“Dantley’s departure is singularly focused around shifting our organisational model around a structure that has one lead manager supporting a key company objective,” a  spokesperson was quoted as saying in media reports late on Friday.

“We don’t have further details to share on these changes out of respect for the individuals involved,” the spokesperson said.

Davis, who had worked for three years at Meta Platforms Inc, has been a controversial figure in the office, with some employees telling The New York Times that his management style did not fit the company’s culture.

The day before yesterday, Davis tweeted about an off-site event he held this week with his team, saying it was the “highlight of the past two years at Twitter.”

Three other executives are getting new “general manager” titles; the company previously called its top managers “vice president.” Kayvon Beykpour, the top consumer product executive, will become general manager for consumer products; Bruce Falck will be general manager for revenue products; and Nick Caldwell will become general manager for “core tech,” essentially replacing Agrawal, who was previously the company’s chief technology officer.

In an email, Agrawal had written that the company has recently updated its strategy to hit ambitious goals, “and I believe that strategy to be bold and right”.

“But our critical challenge is how we work to execute against it and deliver results — that’s how we’ll make the best it can be for our customers, shareholders and each of you.” He added.

According to Twitter, “Parag is focused on operational excellence and setting up to hit its goals and these changes were made with that in mind”.

Earlier this week, CEO Jack Dorsey decided to step down from a company he was deeply associated with, handing over the baton to Agrawal, the current CTO.

Agrawal has been with for more than a decade and has served as Chief Technology Officer since 2017.

Left-leaning Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder who had been leading the social media service for the past six years, stepped down on Monday, citing a desire for Twitter to be “free of its founder’s influence or direction.” He still runs Block Inc., the payments and finance company formerly known as Square, which he also co-founded.

The departures are effective 31 December and both executives will remain advisers through the first quarter of 2022, the company said.

It’s not uncommon for companies to shuffle top executives after a CEO change.

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