Twitter co-founder and longtime chief executive, Jack Dorsey announced on Monday that he was stepping down as CEO of the social media site.
In the surprise statement, Jack Dorsey also announced Parag Agrawal as his replacement.
The news comes as Nigeria’s government conceded that Twitter has acceded to its demands for lifting its suspension in the country.
As the popular microblogging site tries to maintain a balance between profitability and inclusiveness, Olisa.tv takes a look as Parag Agrawal, the man with the reins.
- Parag Agrawal is an Indian-American.
- He earned an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
- He also has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.
- He joined Twitter in October 2011 as an ads engineer and soon after held the title of the company’s ‘distinguished software engineer.’
- Twitter appointed Agrawal as its chief technology officer in 2017, a position he held until his elevation to CEO Monday.
- Before joining Twitter, he did research internships at AT&T, Microsoft and Yahoo.
- He had been in charge of strategy involving artificial intelligence and machine learning.
- He led projects to make tweets in users’ timelines more relevant to them.
- Agrawal was also previously tasked with finding a leader for Project Bluesky, a research project Twitter launched to establish open and decentralised standards for social media platforms.