Social networking company, Twitter Inc, has appointed a former Nigerian Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as one its the boards of directors.
Okonjo-Iweala who served as the Finance Minister, during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick as new independent directors with immediate effect.
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, using his verified twitter handle @Jack made the announcement on Thursday.
“We’re adding Ngozi (@NOIweala) and Bob (@authorzoellick) to the Twitter board. Welcome! Sadly we’re also saying farewell to our friend Marjorie (@marjscar). She’s been an amazing advocate for journalists everywhere and pushed us constantly to better inform people. Thank you M,” he posted.
The Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani said Mrs Okonjo-Iweala would be an incredible asset for the company as it strives toward transparency in its global operations.
“Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise,” he said. “We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service,” he said.
In her response, Mrs Okonjo- Iweala acknowledged that she is thrilled by the appointment and assured Twitter of maximising its influence for the good of the global society.
“Excited to work with @Jack and an incredible team on the Board of Twitter, a global platform that is such a strong connector of people and ideas. Thanks for the privilege, Jack,” she said.
She also expresses excitement, looking forward to working with one of the newly appointed board of Directors, Robert Zoellick.
“It’s a privilege to work again with Bob. ‘Look forward to contributing to the strong and visionary future for @Twitter,” she said.
Iweala will be replacing Marjorie Scardino who will be stepping down from the Board at the end of the year.
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