Twitter to Shake Up Board of Directors to Broaden Diversity

Long-standing board members Peter Fenton, Peter Currie and Peter Chernin likely leaving in 2016, according to report

Twitter’s tweaks under new CEO Jack Dorsey continue as multiple longstanding board members plan to depart the social giant in 2016.

According to Re/code, three Peters will be parting ways with the company, including Benchmark VC Peter Fenton, investor Peter Currie and Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin.

Chernin and Currie’s terms on the board end in 2016 while Fenton’s goes through 2017, the company’s most recent filling said.

The board shakeup revolves around a broader goal Dorsey has of diversifying, according to Re/code. Dorsey eyes more women and racially diverse individuals to fill out the board.

The diversity push comes after Iranian-born Omid Kordestani was named chairman of Twitter in October, replacing Dick Costolo. At that time, the board was made up of seven white men and one white woman.

Last week, a former company engineer criticized Twitter for its lack of diversity, linking its stalling user growth with the diversity problem.

“Twitter’s issues with growth and engagement and the issues with internal diversity are somewhat related,” Leslie Miley wrote.

“The over-reliance on a limited number of schools and workplaces for talent has caused a type of group think to dominate,” Miley continued. “Any change would be approved by people who all think alike. There was very little diversity in thought and almost no diversity in action.”

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