Elon Musk Will Not be on Twitter’s Board: CEO Parag Agrawal
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) – In a dramatic twist, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has announced that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will not join the board of the company, saying that “he believes it is for the best.”
The Indian American CEO had said last week that his company had appointed Musk to its board of directors after it was revealed that Musk, had acquired 9.2 per cent share in the micro-blogging platform for nearly $3 billion. He was limited from buying more than 15 per cent of Twitter’s stock.
In a message late on April 10, Agrawal said Musk has decided not to join Twitter’s board.
“We announced on Tuesday that Elon would be appointed to the Board contingent on a background check and formal acceptance. Elon’s appointment to the board was to become officially effective 4/9, but Elon shared that same day that he will no longer be joining the board. I believe this is for the best,” Agrawal informed.
“We have and will always value input from our shareholders whether they are on our Board or not. Elon is our biggest shareholder and we will remain open to his input,” he added.
Joining the board of Twitter would have prevented Musk from owning more than 14.9 per cent of the company.
Also, the way Musk tweets freely on controversial subjects could put Twitter in a catch-22 situation in the near future as to whether to act on his tweets or not.
“The Board and I had many discussions about Elon joining the board, and with Elon directly. We were excited to collaborate and be clear about the risks,” said Agrawal.
“There will be distractions ahead, but our goals and priorities remain unchanged. The decisions we make and how we execute is in our hands, no-one else’s. Let’s tune out the noise, and stay focused on the work and what we’re building,” he continued.
Since the announcement, Musk has shared several polls on Twitter to make significant changes in the platform, including an edit button which is now under development.
“I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board,” Agrawal had posted last week.
Musk replied to Agrawal: “Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!”
According to a fresh filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Musk will serve as a class II director until 2024.
This is a type of position that can be used as an anti-takeover measure.
“For so long as Musk is serving on the Board and for 90 days thereafter, Musk will not, either alone or as a member of a group, become the beneficial owner of more than 14.9% of the Company’s common stock outstanding at such time, including for these purposes economic exposure through derivative securities, swaps, or hedging transactions,” according to the filing.