Two key Twitter executives got new titles today as the company moves toward its highly anticipated IPO. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo confirmed that Mike Gupta has taken over as CFO from Ali Rowghani, who is leaving that position to assume his new role as Twitter’s chief operating officer.
Both Rowghani and Gupta have prior experience as key executives at publicly traded companies, which will be key to steering the course as Twitter works toward its first public offering. Rowghani was formerly the CFO and senior VP of strategic planning at Pixar Animation Studios. Since joining Twitter in 2010, he has been instrumental in monetization efforts such as the microblogging platform’s Promoted suite of ad products.
Gupta was Zynga’s treasurer before leaving in November as part of an exodus of high-level executives at the beleaguered gaming company. He joined Twitter immediately as its vice president of corporate finance and treasurer. Before arriving at Zynga in May 2011, Gupta was a strategy and corporate finance exec at Yahoo, where he worked for eight years.
Twitter’s press office had no comment beyond Costolo’s tweet.
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