Months after a poll where the majority of users voted for him to step down as CEO, Twitter owner Elon Musk said he had found his replacement.
Musk announces he has found a replacement
As with many of his big announcements, Musk shared the news on Twitter. However, he did not specify who his replacement would be.
In the Twitter post, Musk said he has hired a new CEO for Twitter and X Corp who will start in six weeks.
In the meantime, he will transition to Executive Chairman and Chief Technical Officer (CTO). His responsibilities will include overseeing the operations of products, software and systems.
Although Musk has not named his replacement, there are signs that it is NBCUniversal’s president of publicity and partnerships, Linda Yaccarino. Puck News reporter Dylan Byers said two unnamed sources familiar with the situation named Yaccarino as the new CEO.
Although Musk did not confirm Yaccarino’s appointment, he did respond to a tweet from a user that implied Yaccarino would be implementing shadowbans as CEO. Musk denied that would be the case, while not denying that she was the newly hired CEO.
The appointment of a new CEO comes after the December 2022 poll where Musk asked Twitter users if he should step down. When 57.5% of users voted yes, he said he would step down as CEO as soon as he found “someone dumb enough to take the job.”
Musk bought Twitter in 2022. While some users praised his tenure at the helm of the company, others lamented the changes Musk made to Twitter. This includes boosting responses from Twitter Blue followers and a far-reaching amnesty for previously banned accounts.
A new Twitter boss is coming
Whether things will change on Twitter when Elon Musk steps down as CEO remains to be seen. All signs point to him continuing to be heavily involved with the platform.