Top Twitter Executive Fired as Elon Musk’s Takeover Looms

A top executive announced he’s been fired from Twitter ahead of Elon Musk’s looming takeover of the social media platform.

Kayvon Beykpour is the GM of Consumer at Twitter and leads the design, research, product, engineering, customer service, and operations teams.

Beykpour announced his ousting on Twitter where he claims he was “asked” to leave by current CEO Parag Agrawal.

He says he was told that Agrawal wants to “take the team in a different direction.”

“Interrupting my paternity leave to share some final @twitter -related news: I’m leaving the company after over 7 years,” Beykpour said on Twitter.

“The truth is that this isn’t how and when I imagined leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my decision.

“Parag asked me to leave after letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different direction.

“While I’m disappointed, I take solace in a few things:

“I am INSANELY proud of what our collective team achieved over the last few years, and my own contribution to this journey.

“Twitter’s DAU has grown by over 87% since Q2 2018 and our team has shipped bold and exciting new evolutions to the product like Spaces, Communities, Topics, Creator tools, Safety controls) at a much much faster pace than anytime over the last decade.

“I’m proud that we changed the perception around Twitter’s pace of innovation, and proud that we shifted the culture internally to make bigger bets, move faster, and eliminate sacred cows.

“To the hard working (current and former) Tweeps out there who made all this happen: Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into this place

“I hope and expect that Twitter’s best days are still ahead of it.

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“Twitter is one of the most important, unique and impactful products in the world.

“With the right nurturing and stewardship, that impact will only grow.

“And congratulations to @jaysullivan.

“I’m grateful the universe brought us together and that you took the leap to join the team and take on new responsibilities quickly.

“I know Bluebird is in great hands under your leadership.”

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal and one of the key executives who made the call to ban President Donald Trump and others, said:

“To say you will be missed does not come close.

“Thank you for being a great partner, friend and leader over the years.

“You pushed our teams to be better, faster, stronger with so much heart and we are so grateful.”

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