Twitter chooses ex-Google officer to be its executive chairman

Omid Kordestani
Omid Kordestani The Associated Press

Twitter has appointed Omid Kordestani, who until recently was Google’s chief business officer, as its executive chairman.

Jack Dorsey, the company’s chief executive and former chairman, announced the choice in a series of Twitter messages Wednesday.

“Omid is a proven & experienced leader, who will directly help & coach me and our leadership, and help us recruit the best folks to Twitter,” Dorsey wrote.

Kordestani, who has a reputation for affability and business savvy, could bring some calm and stability to Twitter, which has been plagued by management chaos in its nine-year history. His appointment came a day after Twitter announced that it planned to cut more than 300 jobs, up to 8 percent of its workforce.

Kordestani was the 11th employee hired at Google and spent 10 years there before leaving the company in 2009. After several years advising startups such as Spotify, he returned to Google in 2014 as chief business officer before leaving again this summer as part of the company’s reorganization into Alphabet.

The New York Times