The Indian press has exploded with glowing headlines against Paraga Agrawal, an Indian of origin who has been appointed CEO of Twitter. Agrawal, 37, took over from Jack Dorsey’s Twitter co-founders.
Agrawal has worked at Twitter since 2011 and became the company’s CTO six years after his arrival.
Paraga Agrawala is considered a reliable manager and has a lot of work to do. But for the Indian press and social networks – and in India, Twitter has more than 30 million users – the appointment was a cause for celebration for a compatriot.
Agrawala has been praised by thousands of Indian users. Many noted that he had become the youngest CEO of an S&P 500 company. Others recalled a long list of Indian CEOs at major tech companies.
“I have great faith in Paragu as the new CEO. In the last ten years he has worked on Twitter, he has transformed the company,” Dorsey said, quoted by global agencies.
Shortly after Dorsey’s letter was published, Agrawal responded.
“Thanks, Jack. It’s an honor. I’m grateful for your friendship and mentorship,” he wrote. “I came into this company when there were less than a thousand employees. It was ten years ago, but it seems like that was all yesterday.”
Agrawal graduated from the prestigious Indian and Institute of Technology. In addition, he graduated from Stanford University in the United States.
Before Twitter, he worked for Microsoft, Yahoo, and AT&T. At Twitter he was responsible for technical security, his work led to improvements in the product development process and machine learning algorithms.
Agraval now has a public office, and a lot of attention is riveted on him.
Journalists have already found Agrawal’s 2010 tweet, a quote from the American TV show The Daily Show, and now, based on that, they believe Agrawal is politically more left-wing. And some, based on the same tweet, suspected him of racism.
The quote says, “If they don’t distinguish between Muslims and extremists, why should I distinguish between whites and racists?”
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