Twitter names former Google exec Omid Kordestani as executive chairperson

15 Oct 2015

Having up until recently been Google’s chief business officer, Omid Kordestani has made the switch to Twitter where he is to be named its new executive chairperson.

There has been much change at Twitter in recent weeks, with Jack Dorsey officially being named as the micro-blogging site’s CEO as well as its sister company Square – which Dorsey is also CEO of – filing for an IPO.

But now, according to The New York Times, Dorsey confirmed in a series of tweets that Kordestani is the right person to help develop its management team and help Twitter improve its recruitment.

The latter of which would appear interesting given that, earlier this week, Twitter announced it was to let go 8pc of its workforce as part of a considerable effort to restructure the company.

In his previous role at Google, Kordestani was one of the highest-paid employees at the company in 2014, with stock options that pushed his income to US$140m.

He was also part of Google’s initial employee hirings back in 1999 when he came in under the job title of ‘business founder’ and began Google’s business model of selling advertising around its search results.

As former Google employee Wesley Chan accurately puts it: “He was the guy that took Google from, like, no money to real money.”

When Google decided to restructure the company as Alphabet earlier this year, Kordestani left his role as chief business officer but had remained as an adviser.

Google has since released a statement on his complete departure from the company saying: “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.”

Omid Kordestani image via JD Lasica/Flickr

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic