Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down, the company confirmed Monday. The massive vacancy that move creates will be filled by Twitter’s chief technology officer Parag Agrawal.
Who? Parag Agrawal. Though his profile hasn’t exactly been high, Agrawal has been a key lieutenant of Dorsey’s for years. Here are a few things to know about Twitter’s new chief.
1. He’s a Twitter veteran. Agrawal has spent most of his career at Twitter. He joined the company in 2011 and took the CTO role in 2017.
2. His past took him from Bombay to Stanford. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. Before coming to Twitter, Agrawal did research internships at AT&T, Microsoft ,and Yahoo.
3. He’s championed AI. Agrawal increased the speed of new technology deployment at Twitter, and also sought to increase the use of machine learning across the company’s…