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Twitter's Asia-Pacific head Aliza Knox quits, 16th executive to resign in 12 months

Knox, the first person Twitter hired in Asia excluding Japan, is the 16th executive to resign from the San Francisco-headquartered company over the last one year.
India TV Business Desk San Francisco April 04, 2017 13:22 IST
India TV Business Desk

In a yet another blow for the struggling micro-blogging website Twitter, its head of Asia-Pacific business Aliza Knox has decided to move on after a near-five year stint.

Knox, the first person Twitter hired in Asia excluding Japan, is the 16th executive to resign from the San Francisco-headquartered company over the last one year.

Knox, who had formerly worked at Google, built out Twitter's presence in Asia with an office in Singapore that currently spans nine locations with over 100 people on payroll.

"She pioneered Twitter's Asia Pacific business (outside of Japan), championed our expansion into new markets and businesses such as Indonesia and China export advertising, set up our Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, and led our diversity initiatives across the region," Twitter said in a statement.

Her exit comes on the back of the exit of a number of high-profile Asia-based executives in 2016, including Managing Director for Southeast Asia, India, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region Parminder Singh, India head Rishi Jaitly, China head Kathy Chen and Australia country boss Karen Stocks.

Jaitly drove strategic partnerships with the news, government, entertainment, sports, TV industries, and others in the mass and emerging media landscape. Jaitly was the vice-president of Twitter's Asia Pacific and Middle East business.

After Jaitly, Singh announced that he has quit the company.

Following this, the micro-blogging website appointed Maya Hari as its new Managing Director for South East Asia and India who was reporting to Knox.

In a bid to realign its future goals and cut costs, Twitter had reduced nine per cent of its workforce (nearly 350 people) globally. In 2016, Twitter cut 300 jobs after Jack Dorsey took over as CEO full-time.