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Twitter’s big leadership shakeup has finally arrived

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is out.


Selena Larson


Posted on Jun 11, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 2:50 pm CDT

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down from Twitter, and Twitter cofounder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey will be interim CEO.

Costolo’s departure didn’t come as too much of a surprise for those who follow Twitter closely. During his tenure, Twitter’s growth stagnated and the company struggled to appeal to new users, despite a number of updates that were geared toward making the “global town square” more accessible to people unfamiliar with 140-character bursts.

Wall Street was unimpressed with Twitter’s performance as of late, and venture capitalist and Twitter investor Chris Sacca recently wrote a widely-shared blog post about the changes Twitter desperately needed to make.

Twitter will commence its search for a new CEO, but in the meantime, Twitter users were going all-in on the Dick and Jack jokes.

Wall Street was pleased with the announcement. Twitter stock spiked after hours following the news that Costolo would be stepping down.


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*First Published: Jun 11, 2015, 6:12 pm CDT