Who is Parag Agrawal, the next CEO of Twitter

With the resignation of Jack Dorsey , an Indian engineer will assume the leadership of one of the most popular social networks in the world.


This Monday, Jack Dorsey surprisingly announced that he would stop being CEO of Twitter , a social network that he founded, to give the position to Parag Agrawal , a name that, until now, was not very popular in the technological world.

Agrawal, of Indian origin, was already Twitter’s chief technology officer (CTO) since 2017, but now he will take the more important role at the head of the company .

A neat career

Twitter’s new CEO studied software engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, then pursued a doctorate at Stanford University in California.

By the time he was in his final grade, he started working on Twitter, when the company was just getting off the ground and had fewer than a thousand employees. Before it had already passed quickly by Microsoft and Yahoo.

In December 2019, Dorsey confirmed that Agrawal  would be in charge of Project Bluesky, “an independent group of architects, engineers and designers to design a social media standard that can help control abuse and misinformation on platforms.”

“He has been behind every key decision that has helped change the direction of the company. He is curious, explorer, rational, creative, demanding, independent and humble, ”says Dorsey in his farewell letter.

Dorsey singles out Parag as his chosen one because he “deeply understands the company and its needs.”

“Deep thanks to Jack and our entire team, and great excitement for the future. Thank you all for your trust and support, ”said Parag.

“Our purpose has never been more important. Our people and our culture are unlike anything in the world. There is no limit to what we can do together, “he said in his own letter.