“Goodbye Twitter,” said Rowghani (pictured to the right of Twitter co-founder Ev Williams above). “It’s been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories.”
Re/code’s Kara Swisher reported yesterday that the company was “undergoing a major reevaluation of its top management,” and she said that could include a new role for Rowghani. There was reportedly tension over more than just Twitter’s lackluster user growth, with employees unhappy about a large sale of his stock in the company.
Previously chief financial officer at Pixar, Rowghani joined Twitter as CFO four years ago before becoming COO at the end of 2012.
Twitter just acknowledged his departure in a regulatory filing:
Effective today, Ali Rowghani has resigned from his position as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”). Mr. Rowghani will continue to be a Twitter employee and act as a strategic advisor to the CEO. Twitter does not intend to hire a replacement for the COO role, and all of Mr. Rowghani’s operating responsibilities will be assumed by other members of the Twitter management team.
[image via Flickr/Joi Ito]