Ali Rowghani, the Chief Operating Officer of Twitter, Inc. had announced via the tweet shown below that he is leaving the company.

Rowghani joined Twitter in 2010 after nine plus years as Chief Financial Officer and later Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Pixar Animation Studios. He had earlier worked as an associate at McKinsey & Co. He had recently sold about 300,000 shares of his Twitter holding at a handsome profit of about $9.9 million.

Rowghani was the Chief Financial Officer of Twitter, Inc. from March 2010 to December 2012 before moving on to become the Chief Operating Officer since December 2012. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

It was not a sorry tale as Dick Costolo the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Inc. had kind words to say to him a minute afterwards.

Twitter Inc. has equally acknowledged his departure in this regulatory filing dated June 12, 2014:

“Effective today, Ali Rowghani has resigned from his position as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”). Mr. Rowghani will continue to be a Twitter employee and act as a strategic advisor to the CEO. Twitter does not intend to hire a replacement for the COO role, and all of Mr. Rowghani’s operating responsibilities will be assumed by other members of the Twitter management team.”


L to R: Ev Williams and Ali Rowghani

[Image via Flickr/Joi Ito]

About Twitter Inc.

Twitter, Inc. provides real-time short messaging and multimedia messaging services that work over multiple networks and devices. The Company offers users the ability to write short text messages (Tweets) and to follow other users’ activity. A Tweet is up to 140 characters long and can include photos and videos.