Twitter Inc has promoted its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Parag Agrawal to replace outgoing Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey.
In his more than a decade's career with Twitter, the 45-year-old has worked his way up from being an engineer to become its top executive.
According to reports, the American-Indian Agrawal joined the company in October 2011 with a focus on ad products, and became the first recipient of Twitter's "Distinguised Engineer" title.
In 2017, he was appointed CTO, during which he addressed several high-profile issues, such as large-scale password security issue, among others.
As the CTO, Agrawal also oversaw the company's decentralized Bluesky project, with an independent team of open source architects, engineers and designers to combat abusive and misleading information on Twitter, first announced in December 2019.
Despite his important role in Twitter, Agrawal, who is married with one son, has shied away from the limelight, until now.
Prior to joining Twitter, Agrawal, who had a Ph.D in computer science from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has worked at Microsoft Corp, Yahoo, and AT&T Labs.
Agrawal is, and will not be the first Indian to lead an American software company.
He is preceded by the likes of Satya Nadella, the chief executive and CEO of Micorsoft, as well as Sundar Pichai, who is the chief executive of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google.
Source & Photo source: The Verge
Tue Nov 30 2021