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Twitter Hires Omid Kordestani as Executive Chairman, Latest Step in Company's Turnaround Efforts

Oct 15, 2015 02:40 AM EDT | By Jean-Claude Arnobit
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Twitter Hires Omid Kordestani as Executive Chairman, Latest Step in Company's Turnaround Efforts
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Twitter Inc. has just hired Omid Kordestani, an executive from Google Inc., to be their new executive chairman, according to a report from Reuters.

The move is the latest step in the social media company's latest turnaround effort under COE Jack Dorsey.

A spokesman from Twitter told Reuters that Kordestani, most recently a senior adviser at Google, will be joining Twitter's board of directors and have an operational role in the company.

His role would include helping with the board, employee recruiting and advising the management team.

Reuters adds that analysts believe Kordestani's extensive sales experience will be a good counterpoint to Dorsey.

His experience will be a good match for Dorsey's product knowledge and vision.

James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Equities told Reuters that hiring Kordestani is a good move.

"It's quite a coup," he said. "He was very well-respected at Google."

James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co., told Reuters that Kordestani is a good fit for Twitter.

"He has an incredible business acumen and can help fine-tune the strategy and attract talent to Twitter," he said.

CNN Philippines adds that Twitter probably spent a small fortune to get Kordestani to come to the social media company.

Google's annual proxy filing for 2014 shows that Kordestani received nearly $130 million in compensation last year.

CNN Philippines adds that Kordestani, who is one of Google's first employees, was the highest paid employee of the company.

He received an annual salary of $236,500, a bonus of $6.5 million, and $123.5 million worth of stock awards.

CNN Philippines adds that his departure from Google was effective immediately.

Reuters adds that there was a point where Google was rumored to be interested in acquiring Twitter.

The two companies have struck partnerships in recent months, which includes showing Tweets in search results and allowing advertisers to buy and measure ad views on Twitter using Google's DoubleClick service. 

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