Twitter is a social media platform that has seen a lot of turnover in its leadership over the years. From Jack Dorsey, the co-founder, to Dick Costolo, the previous CEO, Twitter has seen a lot of change hands. With Elon Musk stepping down as CEO of Tesla, he’s become one of the most high-profile faces on Twitter. So who could replace him? In this article, we look at five possible candidates for the role and what their backgrounds might mean for Twitter moving forward.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Twitter has been without a permanent CEO since November 2016, when Dick Costolo resigned. At his resignation, Costolo served as CEO and chairman of Twitter’s board. Dorsey has served as interim CEO since then.
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Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006 and became its CEO in 2009. He led the company through its IPO in 2013 and helped make it one of the world’s leading social media platforms. In November 2016, he announced that he would be stepping down as CEO but remain on Twitter’s board.
Twitter COO Adam Bain
Adam Bain, the current COO of Twitter, is under fire after making several controversial decisions that have led to the company’s decline in stock value. Some investors are pushing for Bain to be replaced as CEO due to his mishandling of the company. However, other Twitter executives believe Bain should stay on as COO and continue to steer the ship in the right direction.
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Twitter VP of Trust and Safety Del Harvey
According to reports, Twitter Vice President of Trust and Safety Del Harvey is one of several possible candidates to replace Elon Musk as CEO. Harvey has been with Twitter for six years and previously worked as Google’s product management director. She also has experience in law enforcement and ran a digital safety program for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Twitter Head of Global Policy and Strategy Vijaya Gadde
Twitter has recently been hit with several controversies, including allegations of censorship and its role in the US Presidential Election. The company’s head of global policy and strategy, Vijaya Gadde, is set to leave Twitter next month. Her departure comes at a time when the company is struggling to regain public trust. Twitter vice president Raffi Krikorian will replace Ms. Gadde. Mr. Krikorian has been with the company for seven years, most recently as director of product management. He will take over from Ms. Gadde on 1 March. Ms. Gadde oversaw policy and strategy, global operations, product development, and partnerships in her role. In a statement announcing her departure, she said: “I have loved my time at Twitter and am grateful for all the team has done to make our platform successful.”
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If you’re looking for someone to take over as CEO of Twitter, your first stop may be the company’s board of directors. But who would that person be? Here are five possible candidates:
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1. Dick Costolo
Dick Costolo has a long history with Twitter, serving as CEO from July 2010 until he was ousted in October 2014. In his three years in charge, Costolo presided over the platform’s rapid growth, but he also faced criticism for neglecting user interface and product design.
Since leaving Twitter, Costolo has been busy building a new startup called Obvious Corporation. While the company is still in its early stages, some have praised its innovative approach to customer service and engagement. If Costolo were to return to leadership roles in tech companies, Twitter would likely be one of his main focuses.
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2. Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft Corporation and has held that position since February 2014. Before that, he served as Chief Operating Officer from June 2013 until February 2014. In those two roles at Microsoft, Nadella oversaw vital areas such as marketing, sales, and product development. At 39 years old, Nadella is young enough to lead Twitter on an ongoing basis while also developing the business at Microsoft behind the scenes.
3. Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce Corporation,