Katie Marcotte, a 10-year Twitter veteran and it’s acting head of human resources, plus product engineering head Behnam Rezaei, have resigned
Two of the last remaining executives at Twitter before Elon Musk took control and purged most of the workforce and its management, have resigned.
Platformer reporter Casey Newton tweeted that Katie Marcotte, a 10-year Twitter employee and the company’s acting head of human resources, has left the company.
Meanwhile product engineering head Behnam Rezaei confirmed on Twitter that he has left, saying it was a “personal decision.”
It comes as Twitter this week relaxed its total ban on political adverts, as the platform confronts a revenue crisis, after advertisers including General Motors and Pfizer, paused spending amid fears of a rise in divisive content on the platform after Musk’s botched relaunch of Twitter’s subscription service.
Research firm Pathmatics has noted that about 70 percent of Twitter’s top 100 advertising clients were not spending on the platform as of mid-December.
Advertising of course is Twitter’s main source of revenue, accounting for 90 percent of its $5.1bn turnover in 2021.
Twitter was also in the news this week when a landlord in San Francisco sued Twitter over failing to pay rent on its headquarters in the city, amidst a cost-cutting drive.
Twitter has also been sued for failing to pay for two charter flights.
Now two senior executives have this week also left Twitter.
According to Casey Newton, Twitter this week lost a Twitter veteran and senior management figure.
Katie Marcotte, a 10-year Twitter employee and the company’s acting head of human resources, just announced that she is leaving the company in a tweet on her private account.
“Rooting for all my people still left,” she wrote. “Tonight, the good wine. 🍷💙”
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) January 4, 2023
“Rooting for all my people still left,” she reportedly wrote. “Tonight, the good wine. 🍷”
The same survival was true of Twitter’s former head of product and engineering Behnam Rezaei, who in a series of tweets thanked by name many of his Twitter colleagues, and also Elon Musk whom he worked with at 3am.
Yesterday was my last day at Twitter. It has been an absolute honor working with so many amazing people in the last 5.5 years. It was wilder than I could have ever imagined with so many stories and unforgettable moments pic.twitter.com/1AH6G9OBHC
— behnam rezaei (@behnamrezaei) January 4, 2023
Behnam Rezaei had joined Twitter in 2017, before taking over as the lead of Twitter’s global product engineering across both revenue and consumer sectors last November.