Twitter General Counsel Alex MacGillivray Steps Down, Passes Torch To Vijaya Gadde

Alex MacGillivray has stepped down from his role as general counsel of Twitter, whom he joined in 2009, having previously worked as deputy general counsel at Google.

Writing on his blog, MacGillivray states that he has passed “the Twitter General Counsel torch” to Vijaya Gadde, who previously managed Twitter’s corporate and international legal work.

It has been a joy to work at Twitter. I have been fortunate to support the multiple award winning trust, public policy, corporate development, legal and, at various times during my tenure, communications and trust engineering teams. These are phenomenal teams made up of great people. I also continue to be awestruck by the many, varied, incredible ways people use Twitter.

I am proud to have worked with colleagues who defend and respect the user’s voice; who push freedom of expression and transparency; and who innovate and lead. Together we’ve brought some incredible products and talent into Twitter. We’ve supported teams creating new businesses and pushing to reach every person on the planet. Twitter continues to employ some of the funniest, most generous, smart, passionate and humble people I’ve ever met. I was lucky to get to work with them, and you can too.

To my teams, all the folks who work at Twitter and Twitter users: Thank you. I can’t wait to see what you do together next.

While cutting back on his day-to-day duties, MacGillivray will continue to support Twitter as an advisor during the transition period to Gadde.