Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Is Stepping Down Immediately — Should You Worry About Stock Prices?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (11832187h)Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, Twitter, gives virtual testimony before the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce joint hearing titled, "Disinformation Nation: Social Media's Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder who stepped down as CEO on Nov. 29, is also stepping down from the social media platform’s board, effective immediately, according to reports on May 25. 

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The move comes on the day of Twitter’s annual shareholder meeting and at a time when the platform’s $44 billion Elon Musk takeover is still uncertain.

However, the news is not unexpected. When the announcement was made in November 2021 that Dorsey was stepping down and being replaced by Parag Agrawal, Twitter also said Dorsey would “remain a member of the Board until his term expires at the 2022 meeting of stockholders.”  

Twitter stock was up 3.1% in the afternoon of May 25. 

Dorsey had praised Musk’s takeover of the platform in a Twitter thread in April, saying, “I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.”

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“The idea and service is all that matters to me, and I will do whatever it takes to protect both. Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret. It has been owned by Wall Street and the ad model. Taking it back from Wall Street is the correct first step.

“In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter. It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company, however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.”

According to Twitter’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 25, Dorsey, who is friends with Musk, holds 2.4% of the platform’s shares.

Peter Cohan, a senior lecturer at Babson College and author of “Goliath Strikes Back,” told GOBankingRates, “It also would not surprise me if Dorsey was advocating on Musk’s behalf to renegotiate the deal price — which is now too rich for Musk’s blood.”

“With Dorsey gone, Musk could walk away and pay the $1 billion breakup fee or he could sue Twitter to get out of the merger agreement. Meanwhile, I am guessing that Twitter’s board will try to force Musk to follow through on the merger contract to pay $54.20 per Twitter share in cash.” 

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The Washington Post reports that Twitter executives speaking at the annual investor meeting declined to answer questions about the company’s Musk deal. 

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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