Mark Little to step down as head of Twitter in Ireland

1 Dec 2016

Mark Little is stepping down from his dual role as MD of Twitter Dublin and VP of media in Europe. Image: Twitter

After half a year in the role, renowned broadcaster and tech entrepreneur Mark Little is stepping down as managing director of Twitter in Ireland.

Little is stepping down from his dual role as managing director of Twitter Dublin and vice president of media in Europe.

Little joined Twitter in November 2015 as VP of media for EMEA.

His decision to depart follows a recent shake-up at the social media company aimed at improving profitability.

Little is understood to have had an opportunity to take up a similar role focusing on media partnerships in the US but decided instead to leave.

Mark Little flies the Twitter nest

“For several months, Twitter has been considering changes to its media partnerships team, which I led in Europe,” Little explained.

“In October, the decision was made to restructure the team and locate its leadership roles in the United States.

“I was asked to consider a possible return to the US, where I was living when I joined Twitter, or building on my role as Twitter’s managing director in Dublin. I decided that neither would be the right fit for me – or Twitter Dublin – and opted for a mutually agreed exit from the company.”

After a distinguished career at Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ, including a stint as Washington correspondent, Little had an epiphany about the future of media and began Storyful as an online agency first, before pivoting towards a winning formula of discovering and validating accurate and genuine video online.

The strategy worked and News Corp came calling, acquiring Storyful for €18m in December 2013.

Twitter recently moved to a new 85,000 sq ft premises on Cumberland Street that it is subletting from Hibernia REIT plc. It will pay close to €5m a year for the new office space.

“We want to express our gratitude for his exemplary stewardship of Twitter Dublin and for leading our European media team over the past 12 months,” a spokesperson for Twitter said today.

“From building his own company, to reporting on world events across the globe, Mark brought his wealth of professional experience to bear on our media partnerships efforts across the continent. We wish him all the best for the future.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years