Jack Dorsey — Twitter‘s CEO — has made two more alterations to the social media company’s board, replacing Peter Chernin and Peter Currie with Hugh Johnston and Martha Lane Fox, reported The New York Times. The changes are effective immediately.
With the company’s board of directors predominantly represented by white male members, Twitter has faced the pressure of more diversification. It’s since added former Google executive Omid Kordestani an Iranian-American and Marjorie Scardino, the company’s first woman director; an American-born British business executive.
Furthermore, Twitter is having trouble garnering new users and increasing engagement; another likely reason for its latest changes. Johnston, 54, joins the social media site from PepsiCo while Fox, 43, was the founder of doteveryone.org.uk. She is shown above giving tips on success.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Johnston Was PepsiCo’s Chief Financial Officer
Johnstone was the Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo from July 2015 until his departure. He served as Executive Vice President from March 2010 to July 2015. He’s held numerous leadership positions since he joined PepsiCo in 1987; including Global Operations (2009-2010) and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages (2007-2009). From August 1999 to March 2002, Johnstone left PepsiCo to become Vice President at Merck, where he lead the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s retail card business. He has a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
2. Fox Was a Co-Founder & Chair at Doteveryone.org.uk
From September 2015 until now, Martha Lane Fox was a chairperson and founder at doteveryone.org.uk, an organization with a focus on Internet progression and understanding. Prior to that, she was a on the board of directors for Marks & Spencer (July 2007-April 2015), a men and women’s retail company. Fox was made Chancellor of Open University (September 2014). She’s also been a member of several other boards.
Fox was also a managing director and co-founder at lastminute.com (1998-2003), a website dedicated to travel and leisure. She has a B.A. in Modern History as well as Ancient History for the Univeristy of Oxford.
3. Peter Chernin & Peter Currie Weren’t Considered for Re-Election
Peter Chernin and Peter Currie — two longtime Twitter directors — were not considered for re-election. Chernin — pictured above — is the founder and chairman of Chermin Entertainment and The Chermin Group. Currie has been a director at Twitter since 2000 and was Netscape‘s CEO. Chernin and Currie will stay on the board until Twitter’s 2016 annual shareholders meeting comes to a close in May, according to the company’s SEC filing on April 8.
That same day, Chernin took to Twitter — shown below — to express both his gratitude for Twitter and continued support for Dorsey.
Currie — also expressing his gratitude on Twitter — extended a congratulations to Johnston and Fox.
4. Twitter Board Chairman Omid Kordestani Said More Diversity Changes Will Occur
Kordestani — Twitter’s executive chairman since October 2015 — was Google’s chief business officer before being poached by Dorsey. After Johnston and Fox were brought in, he made it clear that more board changes were imminent.
According to The Verge on December 30, 2015, “only 3 percent of Twitter’s employees are black or latinos,” which was the catalyst for the company’s present changes.
Interesting enough, Kordestani “is credited with being at the helm of the company’s [Google] first revenue-generating activities and as the person to have brought the company into profit for the first time,” reported Tech Crunch on October 14, 2015.
5. Johnston Never Tweeted Before Until April 8
Johnston — shown above addressing organic Gatorade — never sent out a tweet until April 8. However, he is already following over 120 accounts, which includes NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and sports personality Bill Simmons. He has 454 followers at the time of this article.
According to his Twitter page, Johnston resides in Greenwich, Conneticut.