Twitter; a giant social platform, birthplace of all big politics and celebrities’ controversial statements, has appointed a 37-year-old Indian, Parag Agrawal as a CEO after Jack Dorsey’s shocking resignation. Born in Mumbai, India, a Bombay IIT graduate will now be playing the most important role in the company as a CEO.
On November 29, 2021, Jack Dorsey – co-founder of Twitter – resigned from his position as a CEO and handed his responsibilities to Parag Agrawal.
Parag Agrawal, born in a humble family in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. His father, who worked at the Indian Department of Atomic Energy as a senior official and, his mother a retired school teacher, are surely proud of their son’s achievements.
· Agrawal won a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad, held in Turkey in 2001.
· He was ranked 77th in the Joint Entrance Exam in 2000.
· Received an undergrad degree in Computer science from IIT Bombay in 2005.
· Also, Ph.D. in Computer science from Stanford University.
Before Twitter, he worked in research at Microsoft, Yahoo!, and AT&T Labs from 2006-10, as mentioned in his LinkedIn profile.
In October 2011, he joined Twitter as a distinguished software engineer. After 6 years, in October 2017, he was appointed as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). And now, the CEO.
Jack Dorsey (former CEO) mentioned his trust and faith in Parag through the resignation letter he wrote to employees, that he also tweeted. He stated, “He’s been my choice for some time given how deeply he understands the company and his needs. Parag has been behind every critical decision that helped turn this company around. He’s curious, probing, rational, creative, demanding, self-aware, and humble. He leads with heart and soul, and is someone I learn from daily. My trust in him as our CEO is bone deep.”
After Dorsey’s letter, Parag also mailed a letter to employees and thanked Dorsey in his own words.
“Thank you, Jack. I am honoured and humbled. And I am grateful for your continued mentorship and friendship. I’m grateful for the service that you built, soul, and purpose you fostered among us and for leading the company through really significant challenges. I am grateful for the trust you’ve put in me and for your continued partnership.”
Parag becomes very nostalgic as he states, “While it was a decade ago, those days feel like yesterday to me. I’ve walked in your shoes, I’ve seen the ups and downs, the challenges and obstacles, the wins and the mistakes.”
Jack Dorsey, who worked hard and created a global leading social platform from scratch. Parag Agrawal is also expected to continue this effort and stretch the company’s growth up, while bringing more strategies into account to attract youth’s attention once more from competitors like TikTok, Instagram, and others.
And he has already started to fulfill his role, as he states in the letter, “We recently updated our strategy to hit ambitious goals, and I believe that strategy to be bold and right. But our critical challenge is how we work to execute against it and deliver results – that’s how we’ll make Twitter the best it can be for our customers, shareholders, and for each of you.”
He ends his letter with a little motivation for the employees with, “The world is watching right now, even more than they have before. Lots of people are going to have lots of different views and opinions about today’s news. It is because they care about Twitter and our future, and it’s a signal that the work we do here matters. Let’s show the world Twitter’s full potential.”
Parag Agrawal is soon to be expected to enter the list of World’s Top CEO, alongside another Indian, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla’s Elon Musk.Parag Agrawal, who has earned Dorsey’s admiration and has the full support of the board is now expected to bring out “Twitter’s full potential” as he’d say.