Elon Musk has completed his acquisition of Twitter, and as expected, the Tesla founder fired four top executives at the company, including CEO Parag Agrawal. Musk’s decision is not surprising given he has publicly accused Agrawal of misleading him on the number of spam-bot accounts. Musk famously used a poop emoji to reply to one of Agrawal’s tweets. Here’s a quick look at Agrawal’s short-lived term at the social media company.https://www.youtube.com/embed/kvZtGp1rTdE?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
Agrawal was appointed in November 2021
The India-born Agrawal was appointed as Twitter’s CEO in November 2021 after Jack Dorsey stepped down. At the time, Dorsey had fully endorsed Agrawal. Given Musk has fired him, Agrawal’s stint at the job was less than a year. Agrawal is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay. He also has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and has interned with other companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and AT&T Labs. He first joined Twitter in 2011, so he has worked here for nearly 11 years. Previously, he was Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and was appointed to the role in 2018. As reported previously, he played a role in the company’s technical strategy, especially around machine learning and AI. He also led efforts on scaling Twitter Ads systems.Elon Musk now owns Twitter, after paying billion for the social network. (Image credit: Reuters)
Agrawal versus Elon Musk
Musk had also tweeted saying, “Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!” But Musk then refused to join the board and followed it up as a take-it-or-leave-it acquisition offer.