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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to receive $1mn annual salary

Parag Agrawal, who has recently been named as the CEO of microblogging
platform Twitter, will receive an annual salary of USD 1 million along
with other perks and bonuses.

The India-born executive – who succeeds Jack Dorsey in this role –
served as Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer since 2017, and has been
responsible for the company’s technical strategy.

He joined the company in 2011 as a software engineer, leading efforts on
scaling Twitter Ads systems, as well as reaccelerating audience growth
by improving Home timeline relevance.

“…Agrawal will receive an annual salary of USD 1,000,000 and will
continue to be a participant in the company’s executive bonus plan with
a new target bonus of 150 per cent of his annual base salary. Under the
terms of the Offer Letter, in December 2021, the Board will grant to Mr
Agrawal restricted stock units (RSUs) with a grant date face value of
USD 12,500,000,” a regulatory filing by Twitter to the US SEC, said.

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The filing added that the RSUs will vest in 16 equal quarterly
increments (each being 6.25 per cent of the grant) starting February 1,
2022, subject in each case to Agrawal remaining an employee of Twitter
through the applicable vesting date.

In April 2022, the Board will grant Agrawal performance-based RSUs
(PRSUs) with a grant date face value of USD 12.5 million. The
performance goals for those PRSUs will be determined by the Compensation
Committee of the Board on or before the grant date.

Agrawal, 37, holds a bachelor’s degree from IIT Bombay and a PhD in
computer science from Stanford University.

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According to previous filings, Dorsey had earned USD 1.40 in 2019 – flat
from the year before – as the co-founder believes in “Twitter’s
long-term value creation potential”.

On November 29, Dorsey had announced that he is stepping down from his
position, and named Agrawal as his successor. Dorsey will remain on the
Board until his term expires in 2022.

Agrawal has joined the growing list of India-born CEOs of tech companies
that includes names like Sundar Pichai (Google), Satya Nadella
(Microsoft), Arvind Krishna (IBM), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe CEO) and
Rangarajan Raghuram (VMware).

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The US-based microblogging platform counts India among its major markets
with an estimated 1.75 crore users.

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