Twitter shakes up board members in push for diversity

Twitter revealed board members Peter Chernin and Peter Currie were not considered for re-election, and instead were set to be replaced by Hugh Johnston and Martha Lane Fox.


Changes are underway to Twitter's mostly white-male board of directors. In a regulatory filing dated April 6, Twitter revealed board members Peter Chernin and Peter Currie were not considered for re-election, at their request, and instead were set to be replaced by Hugh Johnston and Martha Lane Fox.

Johnston has worked as the chief financial officer of PepsiCo since March 2010, while Fox's most recent career credit is as the founder of doteveryone.org.uk, an organization advancing the understanding and use of internet-enabled technologies.

Twitter board chairman Omid Kordestani said via tweets there were more board changes on the horizon.

"The entire Board is working to bring greater diversity to our rank," he tweeted. "Watch this space."

Echoing Kordestani, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also said these current board changes are just the beginning, as the company looks to bring a mélange of characters into the Twitter boardroom.

"More additions to the board soon, ones that will bring diversity and represent the strong communities on Twitter," Dorsey tweeted. "This matters & is a must."

Kordestani was appointed to the head of Twitter's board last October, filling the seat vacated by Dorsey after he was named full-time Twitter CEO. At the time, the company was only vetting candidates with no prior affiliation to Twitter -- another effort to bring new perspective into the boardroom mix.