Mumbai: On Monday, Twitter’s board announced Indian-origin Parag Agrawal as their new CEO, making him the youngest CEO in the S&P 500 currently. The decision came after co-founder Jack Dorsey step down from his post as Chief Executive.
Agarwal joined Twitter back in 2011 as an engineer and worked his way up to the chief technology officer’s resignation. His decade’s worth of service has seen Agrawal being put in charge of a number of prestigious projects. The notable part is that these projects will be critical to Twitter’s growth going forward.
Notably, after being named to lead Twitter, Agrawal has beaten Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and become the youngest CEO in the S&P 500 currently. 37-year-old Parag Agrawal is the same age as Zuckerberg. However, his exact date of birth has not been shared by Twitter because of security fears. But the company has made it known that Agrawal’s birth date is later than that of Zuckerberg, who was born on May 14, 1984, Bloomberg reported.
In his reaction to being appointed Twitter CEO, he tweeted that he is “honoured and humbled” and expressed gratitude to Jack Dorsey’s “continued mentorship and your friendship.” Parag was both a friend and a colleague of Dorsey and received fulsome praise from the departing CEO who reposed full faith in Agrawal’s leadership at Twitter.
As far as the oldest CEOs’ race is concerned, know that Berkshire Hathaway chief, Warren Buffett, the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ has it sewn up firmly and is not likely to be deposed going forward. Warren Buffett, age 91, is still going strong at his iconic company.
Parag Agrawal joins a long list of Indian-origin CEOs in top technology companies in the US like Sundar Pichai at Alphabet Inc & Satya Nadella at Microsoft.
Apart from Twitter, Parag Agrawal has worked for other top tech companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and AT&T Labs. Parag Agrawal is an alumnus of IIT, Bombay and Stanford.
At IIT Bombay, Parag Agrawal studied B Tech in Computer Science and Engineering. he went on to get his PhD from Stanford University.