Recently, Jack Dorsey stepped down as the CEO of Twitter and Parag Agrawal from IIT Bombay took over as the new CEO of the company.
Ever since the announcement was made, Parag Agrawal has been trending on social media.
His appointment follows the trend of top Tech platforms tapping on the expertise of an inside for the top job.
He previously served with the social media giant as its Chief Technology Officer. But who exactly is Parag Agrawal and what does his appointment mean for Twitter?
Here are some facts about Parag Agrawal that you may not know:
1. He has been with Twitter for more than a decade
Parag joined Twitter as a software engineer and in 2017 was promoted to its Chief Technology Officer. He oversaw Twitter’s technical strategy and is reputed for improving the pace of software development while advancing the use of machine learning across the company.
Deep gratitude for @jack and our entire team, and so much excitement for the future. Here’s the note I sent to the company. Thank you all for your trust and support 💙 https://t.co/eNatG1dqH6 pic.twitter.com/liJmTbpYs1— Parag Agrawal (@paraga) November 29, 2021
2. Youngest CEO
At 37, Parag is going to be the youngest CEO of an S&P 500 company.
3. Latest Indian-origin CEO
Before Parag, a number of Indians have held senior positions at big corporations. some of them include Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and IBM’s Arvind Krishna. Parag appointment comes to add to this list.
4. Standford Graduate
Agrawal has a doctorate in philosophy in computer science from Standford Univerity.
He also holds a first degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Bombay
5. Free Speech
Agrawal believes in free speech and works to ensure that public discourse on Twitter is conducted devoid of misinformation. Responding to a question on protecting free speech and fighting misinformation in an interview with the MIT Technology Review in 2020, Agrawal said “our (Twitter’s) role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation.”
6. Used to work for Microsoft and Yahoo
Prior to his joining Twitter, Parag was an employee of Microsoft, AT&T Labs Inc., and Yahoo. we got this info from his LinkedIn.
Here’s how much Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal will be paid
Twitter’s new CEO will receive a major payday in addition to his promotion.
Parag Agrawal, who served as the social network’s chief technology officer until Jack Dorsey announced his surprise departure on Monday, will receive an annual salary of $1 million, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.