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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter, says he has resigned from his role at the company. Dorsey announced his re...

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter, says he has resigned from his role at the company.

Dorsey announced his resignation in a Twitter post on Monday.


Following the report of his resignation, Twitter’s shares soared by more than 11 percent to $52.25 — forcing the NASDAQ stock market to suspend trading in the stock of the company.

 

This isn’t the first time Dorsey has exited his role as CEO of Twitter. Dorsey first served as the company’s CEO until 2008 when he transitioned to board chairman.

 

He became interim CEO in 2015 following the resignation of Dick Costolo. Few months later, Dorsey was named permanent CEO.

 

Dorsey co-founded Square, a payments-processing company, in 2009 and has split his time between both companies since then.

Critics of Dorsey have long been skeptical of his dual roles as CEO of both Twitter and Square, arguing that he can’t effectively manage both multi-billion dollar companies.

 

Elliott Management, the New York-based hedge fund run by Paul Singer, billionaire investor, had previously disclosed a substantial stake in Twitter.

 

In 2020, the hedge fund sought to replace Dorsey as CEO and force the company to make other changes to its corporate structure.

 

Twitter and Elliott later reached an agreement that saw Dorsey keep his job.

 

But at the same time, Twitter agreed to add three new directors to its board, including Jesse Cohn, managing partner at Eliott Management.

 

It’s not clear who would succeed Dorsey or the timing of a potential announcement, CNBC reported.

 

The replacement will be expected to meet Twitter’s ambitious internal goals.

 

The company said earlier this year it aims to have 315 million monetizable daily active users by the end of 2023 and to at least double its annual revenue in that year.

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