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Twitter Product and Design Chief Kayvon Beykpour Quits

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Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorKayvon Beykpour, head of Twitter’s organization that builds the social-media app’s core features, said he is leaving the company after more than seven years.Twitter is in the midst of a pending $44 billion takeover by mega-billionaire Elon Musk.

Beykpour, in announcing his departure, didn’t cite Musk’s imminent takeover as the reason for his exit. Rather, he said in a thread on Twitter, CEO Parag Agrawal had asked him to resign.“The truth is that this isn’t how and when I imagined leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my decision,” he wrote. “Parag asked me to leave after letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different direction.”Beykpour added, “While I’m disappointed, I take solace in a few things: I am INSANELY proud of what our collective team achieved over the last few years, and my own contribution to this journey.” The exec said he was “interrupting my paternity leave” to share the news that he is leaving Twitter.

As GM of Bluebird, Beykpour led a team of researchers, designers, engineers, product managers and customer operations staffers.

Previously, he led Twitter’s consumer product team and was responsible for defining the company’s product strategy. According to Beykpour, Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s head of consumer product, will now oversee the Bluebird group.Beykpour joined Twitter after the company’s 2015 acquisition of Periscope, a live video-broadcasting app he co-founded.

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