Former Google exec Omid Kordestani lands as Twitter's new executive chairman

Kordestani joined Google in 1999 and most recently served as chief business officer for the search giant.


Jack Dorsey is off to a busy start in his first full week as Twitter's official CEO, announcing Wednesday that the company has decided on a new executive chairman for Twitter's board of directors.

Through a series of tweets, Dorsey revealed that former Google executive Omid Kordestani has been given the top spot on Twitter's board, taking over the seat Dorsey vacated once he was named full-time Twitter CEO.

"Omid is a proven & experienced leader, who will directly help & coach me and our leadership, and help us recruit the best folks to Twitter," he wrote.

Clearly a Twitter outsider, Kordestani's appointment confirms what Twitter board member Peter Currie said last week: that Twitter was only vetting candidates that had no prior affiliation with the company.

Kordestani was hired at Google in 1999 as the company's 11th employee. He stayed with the company for about a decade before leaving for a stint as a startup consultant, only to return last year to become Google's chief business officer. He left Google this summer as part of the Alphabet reorganization.

In true Twitter fashion, Kordestani confirmed his new gig with a couple of tweets, expressing excitement to work with Dorsey and Twitter's newly appointed COO Adam Bain.

"It's rare you get to be at a company with an amazing business that's also transforming the world," he wrote.

Kordestani joins Twitter just a day after the company announced plans to lay off 336 employees, or about 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.