Omid Kordestani Joins Twitter as Its Executive Chairman
San Francisco, California – A day after microblogging service Twitter announced a huge round of layoffs under its new, official head Jack Dorsey, the company has now announced that Kurdish Omid Kordestani will leave his desk at Google and be appointed as Twitter’s new executive chairman.
Omid Kordestani, who grew up in Teheran and the US, worked in the past with companies like Netscape, Hewlett-Packard or The 3DO Company. In May 1999 he joined the Google Team as business founder and according to the company “he brought Google to profitability in record time, generating more than $10 billion in revenue in 2006.”
In 2014 he was appointed chief business officer for Google. In the recent months and weeks, however, it looks like he took a step back from having a central role at the company. When Google made its Alphabet split this past summer, he quietly became an advisor to Alphabet and Google without a specific title.
“We’re excited for Omid and very happy for Twitter. Omid was instrumental in establishing Google’s business and helped us develop really close, longstanding partnerships across the industry. We wish him every success in the years ahead,” said a Google spokesperson to the press earlier this day.
Kordestani joins Twitter at a crucial time. The company’s business and especially its stock have been going up and down since its entry to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in November 2013. As a result, Dick Costelo, Twitter’s then chief, announced his resignation on July 1 this year.
Having held both CEO advisory and executive sales roles at the US search giant, Kordestani will surely bring some strong commercial and business experience to the “flock in blue.”
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, who has lead the company for the last four months as an interim head and now became its official head, wrote on Twitter: “Omid is a proven & experienced leader, who will directly help & coach me and our leadership, and help us recruit the best folks to Twitter. A great chairperson is the first step towards continuing to make our Board one of the best in the world, and purpose-built to serve Twitter.”
Kordestani himself wrote: “Excited to work with [Jack Dorsey], the Twitter Board, [Adam Bain], [Anthony Noto] and the rest of the team to grow Twitter’s impact and business.”
Tech pioneer Omid Kordestani is just one of many Kurds who have made it to the top of US giants. Another Kurd, Hamdi Ulukaya, who has roots in northern Kurdistan and became a billionaire in the US with his strained yogurt brand Chobani, has committed himself to help Kurdish refugees in need. Early 2015 he announced to donate at least half of his wealth to refugees from war-torn countries and regions like Kurdistan, Iraq or Syria.