Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has confirmed that four senior executives have left the company.
Dorsey criticised the press for inaccurate rumours, and took to Twitter to “set the record straight”, saying that four former colleagues had chosen to leave the company of their own volition rather than being fired.
Was really hoping to talk to Twitter employees about this later this week, but want to set the record straight now: pic.twitter.com/PcpRyTzOlW— Jack (@jack) January 25, 2016
“I’m sad to announce that Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company,” Dorsey wrote, going on to detail their achievements and influences.
The executives gave reasons for their departures such as wanting to spend more time with family, and moving on to other projects.
Stanton explained the reasons for her departure on blog site Medium, praising her five and a half years at Twitter.Twitter has been shedding staff since Dorsey became full-time chief executive last year.
“While I’ve poured my heart and soul into Twitter, I decided to resign because it’s time for me to pour more of my energy into my family,” she said.
“Like most working parents, I’ve outsourced the simple things: groceries, laundry and car pools. I’m increasingly faced with the reality that I can’t outsource what’s most precious: time. Life moves fast and I want to enjoy the time with my children before it’s too late.”
Twitter-owned Vine is also set to lose general manager and product director Jason Toff, who took to Twitter to declare a move to Google’s virtual reality division.
Personal update! I'm joining Google to work on VR. So much exciting potential there.— Jason Toff (@jasontoff) January 25, 2016
The departures of top-level personnel from Twitter may be the natural ebb and flow of long-time employees, but could indicate that things at Twitter are not running smoothly.
This prompts speculation as to whether the changes being made to Twitter have met the approval of the departing executives, or whether it is moving in a direction with which they are not familiar.
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