Twitter CTO Adam Messinger leaves

  • Signs for push-out forces
  • After almost four years on the job
  • No information about successor

( — San Francisco, California, December 20, 2016 — Adam Messinger, technology chief of Twitter, leaves. As announced by Adam Messinger in a tweet from an unverified account in his name on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, Adam Messinger leaves the post as Chief Technology Officer at Twitter, Inc., a social networking service, in a surprising move after almost four years on the job.

The exact date of Messinger’s departure was not given. Obviously, it was an abrupt change.

Information about a successor was not immediately available.

Twitter, Inc. still listed Messinger as Chief Technology Officer on its leadership page.

Jack Dorsey serves as CEO of Twitter, Inc. Dorsey is a Co-founder of Twitter, Inc. and has been its Chief Executive Officer since September 30, 2015.

The “New York Times” wrote that after Messinger’s departure, Twitter’s heads of product, design and engineering would report directly to Dorsey. Edward Ho, a vice president of engineering, would take over Messinger’s engineering duties as general manager reporting to Dorsey.

No reason given

In the announcement, Adam Messinger did not explicitly explain the reason for his move, leaving room for speculation.


Adam Messinger said: “After 5 years I’ve decided to leave Twitter and take some time off. Grateful to @jack for the opportunity and to my team for shipping”.

Precise information about the future plans of Messinger was not immediately available.

Share price decline

The change follows a decline in the share price of Twitter, Inc. since December 2013.

Chaired by Omid Kordestani

Twitter, Inc. is chaired by Omid Kordestani.

Kordestani is an Iranian-born American businessman who has been the Executive Chairman at Twitter since October 2015.

On the job as CTO since 2013

Messinger has been the Chief Technology Officer of Twitter, Inc, since March 14, 2013 and its Head of Engineering – Product Development & Design since January 2016.

Messinger was responsible for engineering, product development, and design at Twitter, as well as long term technology direction and overseeing the technical architecture.

He was previously VP of Application Development, where he led various teams, including mobile and web apps, design, search, relevance, and advertising.

Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, Messinger was Vice President of Development at Oracle where he led the development of Java and Exalogic.

Earlier in his career he worked at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, WebLogic, Organic, and the Santa Fe Institute.

Messinger is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow and of Willamette University where he was a G. Herbert Smith Scholar.


As a general rule, when a top manager announces to step down with no successor in place, it is a sign that the move was unplanned and too early.

Generally speaking, potential causes for an unplanned management change may be, among others, disagreement or surprising new career opportunities.

Signs for push-out forces

It is not completely certain what forces eventually triggered Adam Messinger’s move.

The Push-out Score™ determined by suggests that push-out forces may have contributed to the management change.

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