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Rishi Jaitly, Twitter’s India head & Media VP of APAC & MENA quits

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Rishi Jaitly, Twitter’s India head, has quit the company. MediaNama had reported in early 2013 that Jaitly was looking to join Twitter to lead the country initiatives. Jaitly joined Twitter in November 2012 as its India market director and was promoted to director of Southeast Asia in 2 years. After a year, he was made the VP of media, APAC and MENA, where he worked for a little over a year.

 

From his tweets, Jaitly appears to be moving to the US for a “personal/civic calling” but does not mention the company he’d be working for or what his next venture will be.

Prior to joining Twitter, Jaitly was the director of Knight Foundation for over 1.5 years, before which he co-founded Michigan Corps for a year and was the director of strategy for College Summit. Jaitly also worked with Google India as the head of public-private partnerships and as an aide to CEO and a policy analyst for over 3 years. At College Summit, he also worked as a coordinator of government affairs for 2 years.

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Recent layoffs at Twitter

Last week, Twitter said it would be laying off 9% of its workforce to de-priortize certain initiatives. The job cuts would mainly affect people in sales, partnerships and marketing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in an analyst call. TechCrunch pointed out that this could affect more than 300 employees. Last month, Twitter also cut 20 jobs and shut down its Bangalore global engineering operations.

Last week, Twitter decided to shutter its 6-second long loop video product Vine “in the coming months.” As of June 2016, Twitter had over 313 million monthly active users.

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