Just recently we saw Twitter get a new CEO in the form of Jack Dorsey and subsequent sacking of close to 8% of its total workforce. The social networking giant has today announced yet another major management change as it appoints long term Googler, Omid Kordestani as its new Executive Chairman.
Kordestani was, until now, working as the chief business executive at Google. He held onto this post for just over a year taking over from Nikesh Arora who left for Softbank.
Kordestani, who joined the Web giant in 1999, was apparently Google’s employee number 11. He is credited to being at the turn point of the company’s first revenue-generating activities and as the person to have brought the company into profit for the first time.
He recently took a step back though, after the Google-Alphabet split where he could have been playing a central role in the company.
Following the formation of Alphabet, his role of chief business executive was nulled and he was offered a role in the board of advisors of the two separate entities of the company without a specific title. Google has declined to comment on whether or not Kurdistan will be replaced but it seems unlikely that he will be.
Kordestani tweeted for the 11th time ever today announcing his joining the social giant. He wrote:
Excited to work with @jack, the Twitter Board, @adambain, @anthonynoto and the rest of the team to grow twitter’s impact and business.
The ex-Googler, who has ample experience in business management, is surely going to be an asset to Twitter at a very crucial time. He has held both executive sales as well as CEO advisory roles at Google, so he’ll surely be a boon for Twitter and will take the company in the right direction.
We’re excited for Omid and very happy for Twitter. Omid was instrumental in establishing Google’s business and helped us develop really close, longstanding partnerships across the industry,
a spokesperson from Google said.
We wish him every success in the years ahead.
There were rumours about someone from Google joining Twitter. However, Omid Kordestani leaving Google to take on the Executive Chairman role at Twitter is still a bolt from blue for many. Times are exciting at and for Twitter — we’ll keep you updated.