Twitter’s new chief executive Parag Agarwal said on Friday that he would reorganize the company’s top leadership and two key executives would leave.
The uproar was the first sign of change under Mr Agarwal, who on Monday announced the resignation of co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey after taking over the reins of the social media company.
Investors are under pressure on Twitter to launch new products faster and increase revenue, and Mr Agarwal said in an email to Twitter employees that leadership changes could accelerate Twitter’s growth. Designed for
Michael Montano, Twitter’s head of engineering, and Dantley Davis, its head of design and research, will leave the company by the end of the year. Mr Davis backed a cultural change on Twitter that pushed staff to higher performance and was criticized by some employees as bullying.
Twitter confirmed the executive’s departure in a regulatory filing on Friday.
Mr Davis has played a key role in behind-the-scenes efforts over the past two years to revitalize Twitter’s culture. But because of his blunt style, he kept hitting the employees. His treatment of workers was the subject of several investigations by Twitter’s employee relations department and Mr Dorsey’s complaints that many were leaving.
According to regulatory filings, Mr. Davis and Mr. Montano will be Twitter advisers during the first quarter of 2022.
Mr. Dorsey, Mr. Davis and Mr. Montano are not the only executives who have recently announced plans to leave Twitter. Jennifer Christie, the company’s chief executive, also recently announced that she would be leaving Twitter by the end of the year, according to two people familiar with the announcement who were not authorized to speak publicly.
A Twitter spokesman said the product and engineering teams within Twitter would be strengthened under three executives.
Kayvon Beykpour will manage all consumer products and oversee the design and research organization. Bruce Falk will handle all revenue products. And Nick Caldwell will manage the technical infrastructure that Twitter runs, overseeing data science and backend engineering.
Twitter announced in February that it aims to double revenue by 2023 and add 123 million more active users, and the company hopes to strengthen its teams under a handful of leaders to accelerate its plans. Will help implement, a spokesman said.