Following the footsteps of ex-CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter's head of communications Gabriel Stricker is also flying the coop.
Stricker has headed the microblogging site's communications team from 2012 and revealed his decision to leave Twitter on Thursday, July 16.
— Gabriel Stricker (@gabrielstricker) July 16, 2015
Stricker's decision to follow Costolo comes as no surprise as he was the latter's close confidante. Stricker was responsible for handling Twitter's media and public relations during his tenure, especially during the company's IPO in November 2013. However, with Twitter struggling to show an exponential growth rate after the IPO, the company's management has seen plenty of reshuffling and departures. Stricker's departure from Twitter makes him the first executive to leave the company since Jack Dorsey stepped in as interim CEO after Costolo stepped down from his post on July 1. Twitter also confirmed Stricker's exit from the company and thanked him for his support. "It continues to be essential that we show the world the value of Twitter. Communications is a key component of that, and to help build toward a stronger future, we are looking now to shift our communications strategy and direction. We will be bringing in new leadership, and we thank Gabriel for his contributions," said a Twitter spokesperson. Dorsey also thanked Stricker for his contribution to Twitter.
Thank you Gabriel! You're a true class act. https://t.co/TijWtgBF0H — Jack (@jack) July 16, 2015
According to the Twitter spokesperson, the communications team will report to Vijaya Gadde, the company's general counsel, in Stricker's absence as the company looks for a suitable replacement.
Perhaps they can consider Snoop Dogg who was all gung-ho to lead the company after Costolo announced his departure!
"I'm ready to lead @Twitter !! #SnoopforCEO," tweeted Snoop Dogg at the time.
While Costolo had cited moving on from the company as a reason for stepping down, Stricker did not divulge the reason he was leaving Twitter. His future plans are shrouded in mystery and it is not known if Stricker will move back to Google.