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Twitter COO Resigns

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 (Reuters)

Twitter (TWTR) chief operating officer Ali Rowghani is leaving his position, effective immediately. The social media giant does not intend to hire a new COO.

“Goodbye Twitter. It's been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories,” Rowghani tweeted. 

“Thank you for being an incredible executive & partner. Twitter could not have succeeded without you,” CEO Dick Costolo replied.

Although the tweets suggest that Rowghani is leaving the company, Rowghani will remain a Twitter employee, as a strategic advisor to the CEO, according to a SEC filing. It remains unclear how active Rowghani will be in this role. 

The management shakeup was first reported by Re/code Wednesday, which said that some of Rowghani’s management role had been reduced in recent months. Apparently there was also tension over his May sale of $9.9 million of Twitter stock. 

Although Twitter stock soared in the weeks following its November IPO, investor appetite has dampened and the shares have tumbled. Twitter is down 44% year-to-date. 

Rowghani spent over four years at Twitter, and was initially the chief financial officer. He joined the company from Pixar, where he was also CFO.

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