Twitter New CEO Parag Agrawal:
Parag Agarwal has been appointed as the new CEO of Twitter after co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down from his role after 16 long years. After years of stumbles and underperformance, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is finally stepping aside as chief executive. The long-awaited move creates an opportunity for the social media platform to regain its footing, but there is much to be done.
On Monday, November 30, the company’s board announced that Twitter’s New CEO Parag Agrawal, who has served as chief technology officer since 2017, will succeed Dorsey as CEO, effective immediately. Dorsey will remain on the board until his term expires next year.
Deep gratitude for @jack and our entire team, and so much excitement for the future. Here’s the note I sent to the company. Thank you all for your trust and support 💙 https://t.co/eNatG1dqH6 pic.twitter.com/liJmTbpYs1
— Parag Agrawal (@paraga) November 29, 2021
“USA benefits greatly from Indian talent!” tweeted the Tesla founder Elon Musk. He was replying to a tweet on Indian-origin persons leading some of the world’s top tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and IBM. Parag Agrawal is the latest India-born talent to tapped to lead a major US tech firm. Following the likes of Google-parent Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and now Twitter run by CEOs who grew up in India. Wonderful to watch the amazing success of Indians in the technology world and a good reminder of the opportunity America offers to immigrants. 🇮🇳🇺🇸 (Congrats, @paraga!)
— Patrick Collison (@patrickc) November 29, 2021
“Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and now Twitter run by CEOs who grew up in India. Wonderful to watch the amazing success of Indians in the technology world and a good reminder of the opportunity America offers to immigrants. (Congrats, @paraga!),” tweeted CEO Patrik Collison.
While Shantanu Narayen is the CEO of Adobe, Arvind Krishna leads IBM. “This is one pandemic that we are happy & proud to say originated in India. It’s the Indian CEO Virus… No vaccine against it (sic),” industrialist Anand Mahindra tweeted.
So, who is Parag Agarwal?
Like another big Indian-origin tech CEO — we are talking about Sundar Pichai at Google — Parag is also from IIT. Although he is from IIT Mumbai, as an engineer specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Aged 45, Parag has at Twitter for a while, and, apparently. He is well-liked by Jack Dorsey, one likely factor that helped him clinch the top post at Twitter. He joined Twitter in October 2011 as an ads engineer and soon after holding the title of the company’s ‘Distinguished Software Engineer‘. Twitter appointed Parag Agrawal as its Chief Technology Officer in 2017.4- At Twitter, as CTO, Parag has been instrumental in “Twitter’s technical strategy and overseeing machine learning and AI across the consumer, revenue, and science teams.”
“WE GET TO LIVE IN A TIME THAT WE GET TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL.”
For instance, Agrawal changed Twitter’s image cropping algorithm to rely on less. On machine learning after users noticed the images on the site cropped out Black people and centered white faces instead. “And after that…I’ll leave the board. Why not stay or become chair? I believe it’s really important to give Parag the space he needs to lead. And back to my previous point, I believe it’s critical a company can stand on its own, free of its founder’s influence or direction.” Dorsey concluded.