Former Facebook CTO Joins Twitter Board

bret taylor twitter board quipTwitter has appointed Bret Taylor, former chief technology officer at Facebook, to its board, effective immediately. Taylor is currently the CEO of mobile-first enterprise productivity suite Quip.

Taylor became chief technology officer at Facebook after the company acquired social network FriendFeed, which he co-founded in 2007.

Prior to that, he was a group product manager at Google, where he helped create Google Maps and the Maps API, and started Googles Developer product group.

“Twitter is the fastest way to find out whats 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, executive chairman at Twitter. “His skills also complement those of our other recent board additions, who bring expertise in finance, media, and entrepreneurship.”

Taylor is the latest in a number of new additions to the Twitter board lately. Debra Lee, CEO of BET was recently appointed, and Hugh Johnston, chief financial office of Pepsi and Martha Lane Fox, internet entrepreneur, were added before that.

The board shake-up has taken Twitters leadership team a considerable distance from those who oversaw the companys stagnation in the past few years. Whether these new votes will help turn the company around, or oversee its sale, remains to be seen.

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