Twitter appoints distinguished engineer Parag Agrawal as CTO
Distinguished engineer Parag Agrawal, IIT-Bombay alumnus, has been appointed the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Twitter. The announcement was made internally in October'17, but has been publicly revealed by the platform only now. Agrawal, who previously worked with AT&T, Microsoft and Yahoo, joined Twitter in October'11 as an ads engineer. His last position before this was Distinguished Software Engineer. Here's all about him.
Agrawal completed his PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 2011. Since joining Twitter, he has worked on scaling Ads systems as well as using artificial intelligence (AI) to increase relevance of tweets on users' timelines. His role as CTO will involve "scaling a cohesive machine learning and AI approach across our consumer and revenue product and infrastructure teams," a company spokesman said.
A series of departures has hit Twitter in recent times. Agrawal's predecessor Adam Messinger left in December'16. Last month, Twitter posted its first-ever quarterly net profit of $91.1mn, but CEO Anthony Noto resigned to join online lender SoFi as chief executive. Twitter has announced it will hire a Director of Social Science to "increase collective health, openness and civility of conversation" on the platform.