Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Steps Down, CTO Parag Agarwal Chosen as Successor

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey has resigned from his role and company CTO Parag Agarwal has been unanimously selected by the board as his successor. The company’s board has been preparing for Dorsey’s departure since last year, a source told Reuters. The news comes as Twitter has accelerated the pace of its product innovation over the past year to compete with social media rivals such as Facebook and TikTok, and to reach its goal of doubling annual revenue by 2023.

Dorsey also tweeted to explain his reasons for stepping down as Twitter CEO after 16 years.

Shares of the microblogging platform surged 9 percent in early trading, while those of digital payments firm Square, of which Dorsey is also chief executive, were up 3 percent.

Trading in the shares was then suspended ahead of an expected announcement.

In his latest tweet on November 28, Dorsey said: “I love twitter”. The “likes” on that tweet surged to more than 54,000 on Monday.

CNBC was first to report Dorsey’s move.

In early 2020, Dorsey faced calls from Elliott Management Corp to step down, after the hedge fund argued that he was paying too little attention to Twitter while also running payments processing company Square Inc.

Dorsey fended off the pressure by giving Elliott and its ally, buyout firm Silver Lake Partners, seats on Twitter’s board.

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Source: Gadgets360

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