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From CEO Parag Agrawal to Robin Wheeler and Yoel Roth, these top Twitter execs have been fired, laid off, or quit since Elon Musk's takeover

A picture of Elon Musk from the shoulders up. He's wearing a black t-shirt and clasping his left hand to his head with a calm expression on his face.
Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion on October 27.Adrees Latif/Reuters
  • Elon Musk took over Twitter after his deal to buy the platform went through on October 27.

  • The billionaire's first move was to fire CEO Parag Agrawal and three more top execs.

  • Others have decided to quit. Here are all the execs and top managers who got fired or have left.

Elon Musk is overhauling Twitter after taking over

Elon Musk.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the world's richest man, sealed the deal and acquired Twitter for $44 billion on October 27 after months of costly litigation.

Following his takeover, one of his first moves was to fire four top executives. In the days since, others have also decided to leave on their own terms.

Musk had already put in motion wide-ranging plans for Twitter, including charging users for verification, bringing back video-sharing app Vine, and laying off staff, as he plans to overhaul the company. He has scrapped Twitter's board of directors, becoming its sole director.

Here are all the executives and top managers who have either been fired or left the social media company following Musk's takeover.

CEO Parag Agrawal

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Agrawal joined Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer. He became chief technology officer in October 2017 following the departure of Adam Messinger.

He was appointed CEO in November 2021 after Jack Dorsey stepped down. He spent almost a year in the role, until Musk fired him on October 27.

While the 38-year-old only ran the company for less than a year, he's set to walk away with a payout of $38.7 million, though sources told both The Information and The New York Times that Musk dismissed him and other executives "for cause," which means he could avoid paying out severance pay and unvested stock awards.

Agrawal's relationship with Musk was rocky, with the billionaire accusing him of hiding essential data about fake accounts on the platform.

Chief financial officer, Ned Segal

Ned Sagal, former chief financial officer of Twitter.
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Segal, who was fired by Musk on October 27, tweeted the next day that the six months leading up to Musk finally purchasing the social-media app "have pulled on every mental muscle I've developed in 48 years."

He added: "You learn so much when times are challenging and unpredictable, when we are tired or feel our integrity questioned. Our team remained kind, respectful, and steadfast. They're lifelong friends."

Segal said he has "great hope" for Twitter and described his time at the company as the "most fulfilling of my career." He changed his Twitter bio to "Former CFO and current fan of @Twitter."

Segal joined Twitter in August 2017. He was a longtime Goldman Sachs banker who had been the senior vice president of finance at Intuit in Silicon Valley before joining Twitter.

Legal chief, Vijaya Gadde

General Counsel at Twitter Vijaya Gadde.
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Gadde is mostly known for leading the team that decided to ban former president Donald Trump from the platform following the January 6 riots while then-CEO Jack Dorsey was on vacation.

Gadde joined Twitter in 2011 as a legal director.

Gadde reportedly cried during a meeting wherein she expressed concerns that the company could change amid Musk's takeover, Politico reported.

Musk said in May that kicking Trump off Twitter had been a "morally bad decision" and "foolish in the extreme," per the Associated Press.

Gadde was fired by Musk within hours of him taking control of Twitter.

General counsel, Sean Edgett

Sean Edgett, former acting general counsel at Twitter, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing.
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Edgett joined Twitter in 2012, leaving his role as legal director of corporate and securities for NetApp, a network storage solution provider.

After being fired by Musk, he tweeted: "Twitter is full of the most amazing people. I have so much gratitude for my former team and colleagues. Keep taking good care of this place, Tweagle."

Edgett was publicly praised by a number of Twitter staffers after his departure.

One user said: "I'm so proud to have worked with [Vijaya Gadde] and [Sean Edgett]: thoughtful, compassionate, principled leaders that made this platform safer ... Their loss from Twitter will be felt immensely."

Another wrote: "Sean - you are a legend. Thank you for your leadership and humanity always. It's been a pleasure."


Chief customer officer, Sarah Personette

Twitter former CCO Sarah Personette
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Personette, who led Twitter's advertising sales, said that she had resigned the day after Musk took charge and that her work access had been cut off three days later.

While she didn't say why she left the company, Personette said: "It has been the greatest privilege to serve all of you as a leader and a partner." She had spent around four years at the company.

"Many have heard me say this but the most important role I believe I played in the company was championing the requirements of brand safety," she added.

She shared some advice for Twitter workers, tweeting: "Remember that we create the organization we want to be a part of. No one else."

Just hours before she resigned, Personette had tweeted that she'd had a "great discussion" with Musk the evening before.

Chief people and diversity officer, Dalana Brand

A screengrab of Dalana Brand's Twitter profile.

Brand was the chief people and diversity officer at Twitter. She took that role in February 2022 and spent around four years in total at Twitter. She resigned not long after Musk took over.

"It has truly been one of the best experiences of my career," Brand tweeted. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant passionate, and dedicated folks anywhere."


Chief marketing officer, Leslie Berland

CMO of Twitter Leslie Berland attends the ' #SheInspiresMe: Twitter celebrates female voices & visionaries ' Event at Cannes Lions on June 21, 2017 in Cannes, France.
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Berland left the company soon after Musk's deal went through, Insider reported. The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Reuters also reported that she had left.

General manager of consumer and revenue product, Jay Sullivan

General Manager of Bluebird of Twitter Jay Sullivan testifies during a hearing before Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee September 14, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Sources told Insider that Musk let Sullivan go the day after Musk took over.

The New York Times and Reuters also reported that Sullivan had left Twitter.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Sullivan joined Twitter in November 2021 after stints at Facebook parent company Meta, and Groupon.

General manager for core technologies, Nick Caldwell

Elon Musk
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Sources told Insider that Musk let Caldwell go the day after Musk took over.

Caldwell describes himself in his Twitter bio as a "former Twitter Exec." Sources also told The New York Times and Reuters that Caldwell had left the company.

Two days after he was said to have left the company, he tweeted: "I'm thankful to have such amazing friends and family."

He left Google to join Twitter as its vice president of engineering in June 2020, becoming a general manager around 18 months later, per his LinkedIn profile.

Chief accounting officer, Robert Kaiden

Robert Kaiden

Kaiden left the company after Twitter made its layoffs arrangements, making him one of the last execs who was at Twitter before Musk's arrival to depart, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

VP of global client solutions, Jean-Philippe Maheu

Twitter logo on building
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Maheu left the company shortly after Musk took charge.

He had worked at Twitter for nearly a decade, per his LinkedIn profile.


Head of internal communications, Julie Steele

Julie Steele's Twitter profile

Steele announced late on November 4 that she was leaving the company.

"My head is held high, knowing I gave it my absolute all," she tweeted. "We have so much to be proud of. Time to fly even higher!"

Global head of advertising sales, Robin Wheeler

Robin Wheeler and Elon Musk
Robin Wheeler and Elon Musk appear on a virtual call with advertisers as part of a meeting with Twitter's Influence Council.Courtesy of source

Wheeler handed in her resignation on November 10, but Musk persuaded her to stay in the job, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to Insider.

But the billionaire changed his mind just a week later, the sources said. They said that Wheeler was fired on Friday after she refused to lay off more staff more Twitter's ad sales team.

Wheeler's Twitter bio now describes her as a "proud Ex-Twitter Sales Exec." She tweeted on Friday that her team and clients "were always my first and only priority."

Head of Trust and Safety, Yoel Roth

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Roth left the company on November 10.

He was one of the more senior executives to survive the mass layoffs. After Gadde was fired, Roth suddenly became the highest-ranking exec in Twitter's trust and safety department.

Roth had repeatedly tried to assuage people's concerns about the platform under Musk's leadership.

In private, however, he had clashed with Musk over issues including allowing controversial Christian news outlet The Babylon Bee and conspiracy theorist Jordan Peterson to return to Twitter, The Washington Post reported.

"A Twitter whose policies are defined by edict has little need for a trust and safety function dedicated to its principled development," Roth wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times after he resigned.

Others posted about being hit by Twitter's mass layoffs or about resigning

Elon Musk
Elon Musk.Susan Walsh/AP

Other people who posted tweets saying they had been laid off included people in managerial and leadership roles, including Twitter's global head of social and editorial, the director of ML ethics, transparency, and accountability, the chief information security officer, the managing director of Twitter Studio, the head of social impact, the head of contingent workforce & BPO strategic sourcing, and the head of location strategy.

Musk also laid off the company's entire human rights team, its human-rights counsel said.

Twitter's head of US content partnerships resigned after eight and a half years at the company. Twitter's VP for real estate and work transformation and its SVP finance also quit after around a decade each at the company. A senior director of finance operations also left the company, though the circumstances are unclear.

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