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Twitter Appoints Okonjo-Iweala as Member of Board of Directors

Valentine Chinyem



Former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed as a director by Twitter.

She was appointed alongside former World Bank chief Robert Zoellick.

Dr. Iweala will replace Marjorie Scardino, who is stepping down from the Board for personal reasons at the end of the year.

This was made known by Omid Kordestani, the Executive Chairman of Twitter.

“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.”

Mr. Kordestani added, “On behalf of the Twitter Board, I want to thank Marjorie for her service on the Twitter Board over the past five years. Marjorie joined the Board in 2013 and has been a strong voice on our board as our Lead Independent Director. Marjorie’s insights and contributions have been invaluable, and all of us at Twitter wish her the best and look forward to her contributions through the end of the year”

While commenting on her appointment, Okonjo-Iweala expressed delight in joining the Twitter team.

“Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,” she said.

“As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.”

Apart from serving as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has held several positions at the World Bank, serving as director and she is also the board chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).