Last week, Twitter announced some big changes, after a year full of giant changes with the return of company co-founder Jack Dorsey as CEO. With his return came the exit of a few executives, and later on in the year, hundreds of layoffs. Now, even more changes are here with the exit of more executives including Product Head Kevin Weil, Engineering Chief Alex Roetter, Vice President of HR Skip Schipper, Head of Global Media Katie Stanton and Vine General Manager Jason Toff all resigned, as was announced last week.
No one knows exactly what is happening over at Twitter, but it doesn’t seem good if 5 executives resigned in the space of one week. Experts speculate that either the new Dorsey regime wasn’t happy with their performance, or the reverse is true – the executives at Twitter aren’t satisfied with Dorsey’s management.
The leaving executives have had a great track record at Twitter, and will likely make a big impact on web technologies in the future. With Weil, Stanton and Roetter, some suspect that the nature of social media and metrics could be to blame for their departure – after a product is launched, metrics may lag behind by a few months, so it can be hard to tell if something is successful until long after it is in the social sphere. Jason Toff reportedly left to rejoin his roots at Google, to work on new VR technology. Weil is reportedly joining the team over at Instagram.
New executives at Twitter could mean changes in the social sphere. As always the executives are the ones who provide the innovations like the Moments feature on Twitter that organizes the web into neat packages for us to consume. It will be exciting to see not only what the new executives bring to the table, but what these former executives will do at their new stations.
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