Patrick Pichette Replaced Hugh Johnston on Twitter’s Board

Johnston is stepping down to join the board of directors at Microsoft

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PepsiCo vice chairman and chief financial officer Hugh Johnston is off Twitter’s board of directors, and he will be replaced by Patrick Pichette.

Johnston, who joined Twitter’s board in April 2016, is stepping down to join the board of directors at Microsoft.

Pichette retired as CFO of Google in May 2015, after manning that position since August 2008. He established his Twitter profile in February but did not actually tweet until announcing that he had joined the social network’s board of directors.

Twitter executive chairman Omid Kordestani said in a release announcing the changes, “Patrick is one of the most experienced and successful financial leaders in the technology industry, and we’re excited that he will be joining Twitter’s board later this year. Patrick helped guide Google during a period of tremendous growth and innovation, and his industry insight and financial acumen are second to none. Patrick will bring a unique perspective to Twitter, and we’re confident that everyone at the company will benefit from his involvement on the board. On behalf of everyone at Twitter, I want to thank Hugh for his service on the Twitter board over the past 18 months and wish him well in the future.”

Pichette added, “After taking a two-year sabbatical to spend time with my wife and travel the world, I’m excited to join the Twitter board and help the company advance its mission. I’ve long admired Twitter’s purpose and the impact that it’s had on the world, and I look forward to working closely with Omid, [CEO Jack Dorsey] and the rest of the Twitter board.”

And Johnston said, “Twitter is a terrific company with a clear mission and strong leadership team, but regrettably, with my appointment to Microsoft’s board, I am unable to continue serving as a director in compliance with PepsiCo policies. Twitter has a bright future, and I wish Jack and the entire company continued success.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.