Twitter has finally hired a new vice president of product, Keith Coleman, whose startup Yes Inc. the social network just bought. The startup announced on Thursday that it was joining Twitter’s workforce. In a blog post, the startup said it will close down its mobile applications, WYD and Frenzy.
Twitter finally gets a VP of product
Since Kevin Weil left the VP position to join Instagram, the post has been lying vacant, and now Coleman will fill that job. Weil is now head of the product team for the photo-sharing platform Instagram. Coleman will be Twitter’s fifth product chief since 2014.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, Coleman will be reporting to CTO Adam Messinger, whereas the rest of the small team of Yes Inc. will join different product and engineering teams. Coleman spent about ten years at Google before founding Yes in 2014. At Google, he worked on products, including Gchat, Inbox and Gmail, says Fortune.
Twitter has been continually shuffling its executive ranks over the past 18 months. Ex-chief executive Dick Costolo stepped down from his position in June 2015, and it took several months for the company to appoint co-founder Jack Dorsey as its permanent CEO. Earlier this year, the micro-blogging site announced the departures of four main executives, including Weil.
COO Adam Bain, who joined Twitter from Fox Interactive Media as president of global revenue and partnerships in 2010, announced his departure last month. Twitter’s head of finance, Anthony Noto, took over Bain’s job, and the micro-blogging site is expected to hire a new CFO soon, says Fortune.
Twitter’s Dublin MD resigns
Meanwhile Mark Little, vice president of media for Africa and Europe and managing director of Twitter Dublin, is the latest Twitter executive to leave the company. In an interview with Ciara O’Brien of The Irish Times, he said the micro-blogging site has been considering changes to its media partnerships team in Europe for several months. Little said the decision was made in October to restructure the team and relocate its leadership roles to the U.S.
“I was asked to consider a possible return to the U.S., where I was living when I joined Twitter, or building on my role as Twitter’s managing director in Dublin. I decided that neither would be the right fit for me or Twitter Dublin and opted for a mutually agreed exit from the company,” Little said.
On Thursday, Twitter shares closed down 2.49% at $18.03.