Twitter has been on the lookout for a new CEO after the departure of Jack Dorsey, who announced his resignation in November 2021. Several names have been floated as potential candidates, including NBCUniversal’s Linda Yaccarino.
According to a recent report by The Information, Yaccarino is in talks to take over as Twitter’s new CEO, replacing interim CEO Parag Agrawal. Yaccarino, who oversees advertising and partnerships for NBCUniversal, has been credited with helping to launch the company’s streaming service Peacock and bringing in billions of dollars in ad revenue.
If Yaccarino were to take over as Twitter’s CEO, she would become the first woman to hold the position. However, the report also notes that negotiations are ongoing and that no final decision has been made.
Yaccarino is not the only candidate being considered for the position. Other names that have been mentioned include Michael Miebach, the CEO of payment processing company Mastercard, and Mike Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram.
Whoever takes over as Twitter’s new CEO will have to navigate a number of challenges, including how to deal with the platform’s ongoing issues with misinformation, hate speech, and harassment. Twitter has also faced criticism over its handling of user data and privacy concerns.
In recent years, the company has made efforts to address these issues, including introducing new features to help users report abusive content and partnering with third-party fact-checkers to identify misinformation. However, many critics argue that these measures are not enough and that more needs to be done to create a safe and inclusive environment on the platform.
As Twitter continues its search for a new CEO, many will be watching to see who ultimately takes the helm and what changes they bring to the platform.