Tyler Durden: Moments ago (Thursday), what many thought was inevitable with the stock trading just $1 above its 52-week low and just over 50% below its all time high, finally happened when Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) issued a press release stating that CEO Dick Costello has decided to step down, leading to an immediate surge in the stock, and the obligatory tweet:
— dick costolo (@dickc) June 11, 2015
From the release:
On June 11, 2015, Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) announced that Richard Costolo has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, effective July 1, 2015. Twitter’s Board of Directors has named Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, to serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer while the Board conducts a search for Twitter’s next CEO. Mr. Costolo will continue to serve on Twitter’s Board of Directors, and Mr. Dorsey will continue to serve as CEO of Square, Inc., the payments and financial services company he co-founded in 2009.
Mr. Dorsey, 38, is one of Twitter’s co-founders and has served as the Chairman of Twitter’s Board of Directors since October 2008 and as a member of the Board of Directors since May 2007. Mr. Dorsey served as Twitter’s President and Chief Executive Officer from May 2007 to October 2008. Since February 2009, Mr. Dorsey has served as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Square, Inc. Mr. Dorsey currently serves on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company and Square, Inc.
There are no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Dorsey and any other persons pursuant to which he was selected as Interim Chief Executive Officer. There are also no family relationships between Mr. Dorsey and any director or executive officer of Twitter and he has no direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
Twitter entered into an offer letter with Mr. Dorsey on June 11, 2015, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference. Mr. Dorsey has agreed to forego all forms of direct compensation until the Compensation Committee of Twitter’s Board of Directors agrees upon a compensation package for him at the same time that it conducts its annual assessment and setting of executive compensation later in the year.