Twitter‘s co-founder and former CEO Evan Williams, who is currently serving as a CEO of the publishing platform Medium, is stepping down from Twitter’s board, according to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Williams will officially depart at the end of the month.
“It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company,” Williams said in a statement. “I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects.”
Williams took over the role of CEO from Jack Dorsey in 2008 before passing the title to outsider Dick Costolo in 2010. Costolo left the company in 2011, and Dorsey eventually took over the role of CEO in 2015.
I'm very lucky to have served on the @Twitter board for 12 years (ever since there was a board). It's been overwhelmingly interesting, educational—and, at times, challenging.
— Ev Williams (@ev) February 22, 2019
Twitter was co-founded by Williams along with Dorsey and Biz Stone after the social media project stood out among other projects that the group had been working on at podcasting company Odeo.
Soon after news broke, Williams sent out a tweet thanking his colleagues. “Thank you, @jack and @biz for starting this crazy company with me—and continuing to make it better and better. And to my fellow board members, new and old—some of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever known,” he said. “I’m very lucky to have served on the @Twitter board for 12 years (ever since there was a board). It’s been overwhelmingly interesting, educational—and, at times, challenging.”
I appreciate you, Ev! You’re the reason I joined Odeo in the first place. I’ve learned so much from you since that crazy interview you and @Noah put me through. We’re going to miss your voice in our board conversations. ❤️ https://t.co/27pxrieh9S
— jack (@jack) February 22, 2019
Williams is currently the CEO of Medium, a San Francisco tech company that publishes long-form pieces from various writers. Medium recently gained highlight as Jeff Bezos posted his response to alleged threats from the National Enquirer to publish explicit photos of him.
Recently, Twitter has been plagued by hate speech, harassments, fake accounts, and spread of misinformation. The current Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, was summoned by Indian IT parliamentary panel to attend a hearing on Monday to discuss citizens’ rights on social media. However, Dorsey won’t be appearing before the panel and instead, the company is sending its Head of Public Policy Colin Crowell.