Global tech terrain elated as Indian-origin Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter CEO

Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s Indian-origin CEO, is prompting the world sit up and take note of the country’s expanding presence among top corporate jobs.

Parag Agrawal’s appointment as Twitter CEO has given a huge leg up to India, as he becomes the first Indian-origin chief of the renowned microblogging platform.

The fact that Twitter has got an Indian-origin CEO has also made the world sit up and notice the country’s ever expanding presence among top corporate jobs.

Agrawal isn’t the first ever Indian-origin chief of a multi-national. But with Twitter having made its presence felt in the Indian psyche over the past few years, his ascend to the top job accords an additional charm for the social media major’s India activities too.

With Parag Agrawal becoming Twitter boss, he joins stalwarts of Indian-origin who have made their ascent to some of the largest conglomerates.

Parag Agrawal latest in list of global tech CEOs

Of late, the corporate scenario has transformed in such a way that people who grew up in India are heading top companies. For instance, Google, Microsoft, Adobe and IBM are some of them that have leaders of Indian-origin at the steering wheel. Now with Agarwal too joining the bandwagon, India has much to celebrate.

And, it is not just India that is celebrating. Twitter handles of the world’s most popular and powerful men have also joined in the celebration. Patrick Collison, Co-founder of Stripe, has also showered praise on the Indian successes in the technology horizon of the world. Collison and Tesla boss Elon Musk, tweeted thus:

Twitter veteran at the wheel

Thirty-seven-year-old Parag Agrawal, who is in fact a Twitter veteran, has been serving the company as chief technology officer since 2017. An IIT-Bombay and Stanford University alumnus, Agrawal is a Ph.D. in Computer Science and holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from ITT.​ It was in October 2011 that he joined Twitter, and had shaped the social media major’s technical strategy.

With his career spanning several years of leadership positions at Microsoft Research, Yahoo and AT&T Labs, he has been involved in major tech advancements these companies had seen. Twitter’s first distinguished engineer, Agrawal had been pushing machine learning across Twitter platform.

Going by Twitter’s Agrawal bio, he has been involved in formulating “technical strategy and overseeing machine learning and AI across the consumer, revenue, and science teams.”

With Jack Dorsey now having stepped down, it is now in the hands of Parag Agrawal to steer Twitter. And, India cannot stop celebrating.

Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »
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