Ravi Bhaskaran to Join Uber Exiting Twitter

Ravi Bhaskaran, Twitter’s head of business development/platform partnerships, South Asia, has quit to join Uber India as head of partnerships. This is the latest in a series of a spate of recent exits from Twitter India.
Bhaskaran joined Twitter on in March 2014, after a three year stint at telecom company Aircel, and around 2.5 years at Reliance Communications, where he was the product Head – App Stores & Social Media, 3G & New Age VAS. Emails sent to Twitter and Uber India were not immediately answered.
Last month, Parminder Singh, Twitter’s managing director for Southeast Asia, MENA and India, quit the company after a three- year stint, days after Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly quit and eventually joined Times Global Partners as CEO. Times Global Partners is a business unit of Times Internet that also owns ETtech.
The San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant, which is currently struggling with a stagnant user base and slowing revenue growth for few quarters, had discontinued global engineering work at its Bengaluru development centre in September and laid off employees.
About 20 employees, who were part of ZipDial which Twitter had acquired in January 2015, were impacted through these layoffs, sources had told ET at the time.
Even globally, Twitter has been facing layoffs at senior levels. Jeff Seibert, head of product, quit Twitter in June after being in the role only for five months. Earlier this month, the micro-blogging service appointed Keith Coleman, founder of startup Yes, as head of its product team, the third executive to lead the division in less than a year, according to reports.
Twitter had also hired bankers the same month to field acquisition offers. While technology and media companies including Salesforce.com, Walt Disney and Alphabet’s Google looked at the company, all of them ultimately passed on buying it.

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