Okonjo-Iweala appointed into Twitter board

Okonjo-Iweala appointed into Twitter board

A former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed into the board of social media giant, Twitter Inc.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, who served in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick as new independent directors with immediate effect, Twitter said Thursday.

According to the Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala would be an incredible asset for the company as it strives toward transparency in its global operations.


“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.”
In her response, Mrs Okonjo- Iweala acknowledged that she is thrilled by the appointment while assuring Twitter of maximising its influence for the good of the global society.
She said, “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.

“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.”

In a followup tweet on her official handle, @NOIweala, the former minister expressed words of appreciation to the company for the appointment.

“Excited to work with @Jack and an incredible team on the Board of Twitter, a global platform that is such a strong connector of people and ideas,” her tweet read.

Meanwhile, Former president Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of Finance, who served under his administration, on her appointment into the board of Twitter.

Okonjo-Iweala will be replacing Marjorie Scardino, the former Chief Executive of Pearson.

Reacting to the appointment, Jonathan said his former minister deserves the appointment.

In a Facebook post, the former president said Okonjo-Iweala managed the finances of Nigeria very well as minister.

He wrote: “I am not surprised that Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been appointed into the board of Twitter.

“If anyone merits such an appointment, it is definitely a woman who helped her nation manage its finances most prudently and was instrumental to pulling many millions out of poverty.

“Ngozi, I am proud of you. You served Nigeria most meritoriously and I am more than certain that you would do the same at Twitter. Congratulations.”

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