Twitter departures: Head of diversity to leave and HR chief also exits

Two Twitter executives in charge of finding more talent and increasing diversity at the company aren’t sticking around to attract more employees.

On Tuesday, Twitter diversity chief Jeffrey Siminoff confirmed on the social media site that he was leaving the company after slightly more than a year on the job. When Siminoff was hired, some criticized Twitter for picking a white man to oversee its diversity efforts.

TechCrunch also confirmed with Twitter that its chief human resources officer, Renee Atwood, has already left the company “for personal reasons.” Atwood joined Twitter in August 2016 from Uber and was at the social media company for less than a year.

The latest executive departures are another blow to Twitter, which has struggled to attract more users and make a profit. The company, which will announce its fourth-quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, lost a number of key officials late last year, including Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain and Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger.

Since CEO Jack Dorsey returned to the company in 2015, Twitter has faced two rounds of layoffs. In October 2016, the company cut 9 percent of its workforce, or 350 employees.

Anthony Noto became Twitter’s COO, but is also juggling his former CFO job as the company searches for someone to fill that position. There are currently 125 job listings for Twitter’s San Francisco office, according to the company’s career page.

And with another two executives tasked with finding more talent leaving, it appears that filling the company’s vacancies is only going to get tougher.

Photo: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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