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Twitter goes into damage control as four top executives abruptly leave the company

Published Jan 25th, 2016 7:15AM EST
Twitter Executive Departure
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When Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO of the company this past October, it was assumed there would be some growing pains. Now, about three months in, Dorsey’s tenure has already been rockier than most would have initially anticipated. Earlier this month, shares of Twitter dropped below $20 for the first time in company history, with the stock now trading in the $17 range.

Even more worrisome, however, is that four of the company’s top executives recently indicated their intention to jump ship. Set to leave are Twitter product chief Kevin Weil, head of engineering Alex Oretter, VP of global media Katie Jacobs Stanton, and VP of human resources Skip Schipper.

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While employee, and even executive turnover isn’t a phenomenon unique to Twitter, four key executives leaving a company simultaneously is extremely rare, if not wholly unprecedented.  As a result, Dorsey took to Twitter on Monday at midnight to address the departures and assure everyone that the company is still running smoothly.

“All four will be taking some well-deserved time off,” Dorsey explained. “I’m personally grateful to each of them for everything they’ve contributed to Twitter and our purpose in the world.”

Stepping up in their absence, Dorsey said that COO Adam Bain “will be taking on additional responsibilities” and that CTO Adam Messinger, for now, will assume control over all of the company’s engineering and consumer product, design and research, and user services.

And just when things this weekend didn’t seem like they could get any worse, Vine general manager Jason Toff took to Twitter late on Sunday to say that he was also leaving Twitter to take on a position at Google where he will focus on VR work.

Dorsey’s full tweet regarding the company’s mass executive exodus can be read below.


Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.