Twitter Hires Ex-Facebook CTO To Win The Race

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 06, 2016

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Twitter, Inc. announced today that the Board of Directors has appointed Bret Taylor, an IT veteran who formerly worked with Facebook as CTO, to serve as a Board member, effective immediately. Taylor brings with him a unique skill set in business and technology that Twitter was looking for until now, said a company statement.

The 35-year-old veteran co-founded FriendFeed, which was sold to Facebook in 2009. Taylor worked at Facebook in the hyper-growth period leading up to its 2012 initial public offering, at a time when the company was building out its “social graph,” the friend lists, interests and “likes” that link Facebook users together, according to WSJ report.

After leaving Facebook, Taylor co-founded Quip Inc., the collaborative productivity software company where he is now CEO. 

Before joining Facebook, Taylor co-created Google Maps while working as a group product manager at the internet-search company. Together, his experience in social technologies could help Twitter tackle big projects such as its effort to draw more value from the 500 million people who visit but don’t log into Twitter. About 310 million users log into Twitter at least once a month compared with the 1.6 billion who do so on Facebook.

Twitter has been restructuring its board since Jack Dorsey returned to the company last October. Dorsey has said in an interview with Fortune, one of his top mandates will be to diversify its ranks, which for many years was predominantly white and male.

“Twitter is the fastest way to find out what’s happening, and beneath its simplicity lies a very sophisticated set of technology,” said Taylor. “I hope to bring my knowledge and experiences to bear to help Jack and the Board push Twitter and its services forward.”"Bret brings to our Board a great mind for consumer products and technologies that will be invaluable to the company as we execute our plans for 2016 and beyond,” said Omid Kordestani, Twitter’s executive chairman said in a statement.

“His skills also complement those of our other recent Board additions, who bring expertise in finance, media, and entrepreneurship,” he added.

Taylor has an MS and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.