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Elon Musk appoints Linda Yaccarino as Twitter CEO

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  • Linda Yaccarino was named as Twitter’s new CEO by Elon Musk, aiming to restore advertisers’ faith in the platform.
  • Yaccarino’s ad experience may help transform Twitter into a larger media platform.
  • Musk will transition to executive chairman and chief technology officer roles.

Elon Musk has officially named Linda Yaccarino, a seasoned executive from NBCUniversal, as the new CEO of Twitter. Yaccarino, who brings extensive advertising industry experience, will be responsible for business operations while Musk focuses on product design and technology.

A seasoned executive takes the helm

Yaccarino has an impressive background, having worked at NBCUniversal for nearly 12 years in roles such as Chair for advertising and client partnerships and president of cable entertainment and digital advertising sales. Before her tenure at NBCUniversal, she spent almost two decades at Turner, a global entertainment company.

With her deep connections to the advertising industry, Yaccarino is well-equipped to address the critical issue of attracting advertisers back to Twitter. Many advertisers abandoned the platform following Musk’s takeover due to concerns about potential harm to their brands amidst the chaotic transition. Although Musk claimed in late April that advertisers had returned, he did not provide specific details.

Rebuilding trust and transforming the platform

Yaccarino’s appointment could help restore advertisers’ faith in Twitter, according to Mark DiMassimo, founder and creative chief of ad agency DiGo. He noted her success in integrating and digitizing ad sales at Comcast and NBC and her track record of cross-selling ads across different platforms. This expertise may prove valuable as Musk seeks to transform Twitter from a social media company into a larger media platform.

“If anyone can translate the Musk vision into advantages for marketers, she’ll be able to do it,” DiMassimo said. “Even though there’s skepticism and all marketers live in the ‘show me’ state right now about Twitter, if she does go to Twitter, this is a powerfully reassuring move.”

Musk, who has long insisted he is not Twitter’s permanent CEO, announced on Thursday that he will transition to the roles of executive chairman and chief technology officer. This decision comes after a period of turbulence at Twitter, marked by the firing of top executives, layoffs, changes to the platform’s verification system, and a reduction in content moderation measures.

As Twitter moves forward under Yaccarino’s leadership, the company hopes to regain advertisers’ trust and evolve as a major media platform. Meanwhile, critics and supporters alike will watch closely to see how this new chapter unfolds, particularly given the platform’s past controversies involving figures like Donald Trump.

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