Williams also served as chief executive from 2008 to 2010 before going on to launch Medium
Twitter co-founder and former chief executive Ev Williams is stepping down from the company’s board of directors, according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
“It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company,” Williams said in a statement. “I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects.”
Williams later tweeted he’s “going to ride off into the sunset (or…down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things.”
I'm going to ride off into the sunset (or…down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things. I will always be rooting for the team (and, if someone lets me in, come by for lunch).
— Ev Williams (@ev) February 22, 2019
Williams, alongside Noah Glass, Biz Stone and current CEO Jack Dorsey, co-founded Twitter in 2006. He served as chief executive from 2008 to 2010, before leaving the company the following year.
The 46-year-old entrepreneur went on to launch Medium, the online publishing platform, in 2012. Williams remains the San Francisco-based company’s chief executive.
A Twitter spokesperson told TheWrap the company doesn’t have any immediate plans to fill Williams’ vacancy.
Dorsey, after Williams thanked him and Stone for “starting this crazy company with me” on Friday, tweeted “we’re going to miss your voice in our board conversations,” followed by a heart emoji. Dorsey added Williams was the reason he joined Odeo, an early podcasting company co-founded by Williams and Glass, before the group launched Twitter.
I appreciate you, Ev! You’re the reason I joined Odeo in the first place. I’ve learned so much from you since that crazy interview you and @Noah put me through. We’re going to miss your voice in our board conversations. ❤️ https://t.co/27pxrieh9S
— jack (@jack) February 22, 2019
Williams, according to CNBC, has severely reduced his stake in Twitter in the last year, going from 29 million shares last April to 14.6 million shares at the end of 2018.