Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO and owner, is reportedly looking to fire more employees, this time focusing on the company’s sales and partnership division.
Bloomberg reported on November 20 that the microblogging platform may lay off more employees on November 21 following a wave of resignations from its engineers. Musk has already fired more than half of Twitter’s 7500 employees.
This comes just days after Musk issued an ultimatum to Twitter employees: either stay and work long hours at a “hardcore” version of Twitter, or quit with severance pay. Following the warning, Twitter was swamped with resignations. However, when compared to those in sales, partnerships, and other similar roles, more employees in technical roles chose to leave, according to sources cited in the report.
The heads of the sales and partnership departments were asked by Musk to fire more employees, but Robin Wheeler, who oversaw marketing and sales, and Maggie Suniewick, who oversaw partnerships, refused to comply with the request. The report claimed that both were fired as a result.
Wheeler supported Musk in his attempts to engage sponsors
The report cited sources who claimed that Wheeler had considered leaving Twitter earlier this month but was persuaded to stay. She has supported Musk in his attempts to engage sponsors who are hesitant of Twitter’s shifting priorities and objectives.
Notably, major businesses have declared that they will stop investing in Twitter. Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX and the richest man in the world, acquired Twitter in October for $44 billion after months of back-and-forth negotiations.
Musk fired Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal and policy chief Vijaya Gadde just hours after taking over. He also justified his decision to lay off half of the total staff. He claimed that he had no choice because the company was losing $4 million per day.
“Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately, there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day. Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50 per cent more than legally required,” he said.