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Elon Musk reveals new Twitter CEO

Elon Musk. (Brendan Smialowski/La Nacion via ZUMA Press/TNS)
May 12, 2023

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed the new CEO of Twitter on Friday in a tweet that also outlined what his new role will be at the social media giant.

“I am excited to welcome Linda Yaccarino as the new CEO of Twitter! @LindaYacc will focus primarily on business operations, while I focus on product design & new technology. Looking forward to working with Linda to transform this platform into X, the everything app,” Musk tweeted.

Musk announced on Thursday that he was stepping down as CEO of Twitter after hiring a woman – whose identity had not been released at the time – to take over the role.

“Excited to announce that I’ve hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks!” Musk tweeted. “My role will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software & sysops.”

In December, Musk polled Twitter users on whether he should resign his top post, and most of them said yes. At the time he said he “will abide by the results of” the poll.

When voting closed on the poll, 57.5 percent of users had voted yes, while 42.5 percent voted no. More than 17.5 million people voted.

Before tweeting the poll, Musk said: “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won’t happen again.” He originally promised no policies would change until a “moderation council” could be convened, but he walked that back later.

Musk finalized his $44 billion purchase of Twitter late last year and quickly fired multiple executives, including then-CEO Parag Agrawal and chief financial officer Ned Sega. He also fired Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety, and Sean Edgett, Twitter’s general counsel.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.