Christopher Fry, Twitter’s Senior Vice President of Engineering (read: the man responsible for fighting off the fail whale), has stepped down from his position. The news comes by way of documents filed with the SEC.
Alex Roetter — a founding member of Google’s AdSense team and Twitter’s current VP of Engineering — will be stepping up to Fry’s role. If you’re curious how much such a position pays, by the way, the documents spill the beans: Roetter’s pay is being bumped up from an undisclosed amount to $250k a year.
Fry will remain with the company in an advisory position.
Fry, in his move to an advisory role, is well regarded both inside and outside the company. There is a general feeling, we hear, that these exec moves to advisory roles are being made for those who Twitter feels have done a particularly good job for the company.
Still, there is a shift underway when it comes to product development at Twitter, much of which has to do with the pace of releases in that area. Roetter comes from Twitter’s ad products department, which has been on fire since 2010 when Twitter first launched them. Compare that to the substantially more subdued — if not glacial — pace with which Twitter has been iterating on the platform, and you can start to put a bit of shape on this move. So, expect faster product-development cycles from Twitter.