Two of the most powerful people at Twitter are leaving their posts: Engineering lead Michael Montano and head of design and research Dantley Davis. Both will remain on the company’s board of directors, but will step down from their roles at the end of the year. Davis will serve as an advisor through the first quarter of 2022. Earlier this year, a report by the New York Times criticized Davis’ leadership style. Twitter spokeswoman Kathy Yagerman said that she saw no room for someone who had her skills.
Twitter has recently announced the appointment of Rahul Pushkarna as its new APAC Head of Content Partnerships. He previously worked as the Director of Sales Development at 21st Century Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Before joining Twitter, Pushkarna held various roles at HSBC, Sony Pictures, and Sony Music. In this interview, he reveals his vision for the company and discusses his role in the company.
As Senior Director of Business Development at Twitter, Pushkarna will focus on leveraging partnerships with premium publishers to scale, market, and extend content. His previous work includes stints at Sony Pictures, 21st Century Fox, NBC Universal Media, and Microsoft. He is also active on Twitter, where he goes by the handle @rahul_pushkarna. Here are some of his highlights:
Twitter has appointed Samiran Gupta as its Senior Director of Public Policy for South Asia and India. Gupta has extensive experience in public affairs and business, having led the India operations of ICANN as Head of Stakeholder Engagement. He is passionate about fostering a healthy and productive Internet environment in South Asia. Gupta will be responsible for implementing Twitter’s policy agenda for India.
As Twitter’s new senior director of public policy, he will be responsible for driving public policy and philanthropic activities across South Asia. In addition to being a social media pioneer, Gupta has served as ICANN’s regional director for South Asia. His appointment will replace Mahima Kaul, who announced her resignation on Feb. 2021. Twitter is also taking action against the Indian government, which has accused the social media company of blocking farmer protests.
The battle for talent has changed into a battle for retention, and Twitter is no exception. This talk will cover the company’s retention strategies and how to make them work for you. We’ll hear from Geraldine Finn, Twitters Senior Director of People Strategy & Innovation. Geraldine joined Twitter in 2015 as Head of Recruitment, and has been in her current position since August 2019.
Born in Philadelphia, Jim Finn served as a purchasing agent for Ford Aerospace for nearly 40 years. He was married to Joan M. Finn, and together they raised two sons, Kevin J. Finn and Michael P. Finn. In addition to his wife, he has four other children: David T. Finn, Scott Harris Finn, and Robert F. Finn. Geraldine’s children are Wade Rushton Finn, Michael P. Finn, and Patricia Kay Hammer.
The latest hiccup for Twitter is the loss of Manish Maheshwari as the company’s head in India. Twitter has not yet named Maheshwari’s successor, but it has been reported that he will concentrate on new market entry in the US. Twitter’s decision to move Maheshwari to the US comes amid an ongoing face-off between the Centre and the social media giant. The social media company has been criticized for various actions it has taken against high-profile users and for delaying compliance with IT rules. The social media giant was recently named in a FIR filed in Uttar Pradesh for an alleged hate crime video.
The move comes amid a tussle between the Centre and Twitter over Indian data usage. The government had previously issued summons to Maheshwari, asking him to appear before the Ghaziabad Police in connection with a report he submitted to the Loni Border police station. However, on July 23, the Karnataka High Court quarreled the summons and allowed the police to record his statement.
The alleged video was circulated online after a riot in the UP town of Ghaziabad. The Ghaziabad police filed a case against nine people and Twitter India. Twitter was named as an accused in this case, but it was not until after the riots that Twitter India sacked its senior director. Maheshwari was then arrested and charged with a criminal offence.
In August, Twitter appointed permanent officers under the IT rules. They include a chief compliance officer, a resident grievance officer, and a nodal contact person. The company is also appealing the Karnataka High Court’s ruling against its India business in an effort to gain control of the country’s market. This case is likely to continue to unfold, as Twitter and the government are engaged in a dispute over new information technology rules.