Head of Twitter India Quits, more exits to follow him

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Rishi Jaitly, Head of Twitter India, resigned and that was not surprising for most employees, who knew that the domestic market will also get effected by the micro-blogging site’s global restructuring programme, as the company failed to get new users and generate higher advertising revenue, giving way to Facebook, Google and Snapchat.

Twitter said last week that it would cut 9% of its global workforce, affecting more than 300 employees as part of a broader restructuring. It has also been in talks with various companies for a possible stake sale.
The exit of Twitter India head is the beginning of a larger exodus, Twitter employees said on conditions of anonymity.

“Rishi Jaitly’s resignation is possibly just the beginning of the end of the current leadership in India and more resignations might follow,” stated a person in know of the developments.

After Jaitly, Parminder Singh (managing director of middle east and north Africa or MENA/Southeast Asia/India), Arvinder Gujral (senior director, business development) and Raheel Khursheed (head of news, government, tech and other portfolios, India market) might also resign from their individual positions, said the person quoted above.
After Jaitly, Parminder Singh, Rashid Khursheed, Arvinder Gigaral and Raheel khurshid might also resign, said the person.

Rashid Khursheed who is Head of News, Government, tech and other portfolio, declined to comment. Parminder Singh and Gujral did not respond till the time of going to press.

A twitter executive said “there was a bigger story in this”. Twitter is looking to focus on higher advertising revenue, with a leaner and flexible team focusing on building a sales and marketing team in India, in line with the company’s global strategy.

“Twitter has struggled to generate ad revenue as it is 50% to 60% more expensive than Facebook. Advertisers have moved to outcome-based models, rather than brand recall, which was the earlier norm – something that Facebook is very good at,” Sanchit Vir Gogia, founder and chief analyst of Greyhound Research, said.

India is the silver lining in Twitter’s operations and the company’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, doesn’t want to let go. According to data from San Francisco-based app intelligence firm App Annie, Twitter’s monthly active user base grew 35% in the country in September, compared to the previous month, while in the US it increased only 4%. The total time spent by Indians on the micro-blogging site also grew 60% in September.

Incidentally, Jaitly had helped in popularising Twitter in India, especially its adoption among government departments to respond to citizen queries.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk

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