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Twitter hires cyber media expert Mahima Kaul as India public policy head

Mahima Kaul

Mahima Kaul

Twitter has appointed Mahima Kaul as its public policy head for India, Raheel Khursheed, ‎the company’s India head of news, politics and government, posted today on the microblogging website.

Kaul, who was leading cyber and new media initiatives at New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) till recently, joined Twitter last week.

“After some incredible work at @orfonline, @misskaul will be leading Public Policy at @TwitterIndia,” Khursheed tweeted.

Kaul has extensive research and writing experience for different platforms on topics such as internet governance, information and communications technology, cyber security, digital inclusion and internet freedom.

During her two year tenure with ORF, the think-tank sewed partnerships with UKTI, Microsoft, BAE Systems, Raytheon, BSE, Twitter, World Economic Forum and other organisations, Kaul said on her LinkedIn page.

A former journalist, Kaul has also worked with TV News International, NewsX and Indian Express.

Globally, Twitter has been seeing a lot of churn in its senior leadership ranks. Rishi Garg, an Indian-origin executive who led Twitter’s mergers and acquisitions team, recently quit the micro-blogging site to “pursue some exciting new projects.”

Last month, Dick Costolo stepped down from his position as CEO in yet another top-deck shakeout. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was appointed as the interim CEO, effective July 1.

Meanwhile, Twitter’s board has formed a search committee led by lead independent director Peter Currie along with Peter Fenton and Evan Williams to scout for a permanent CEO. The committee will use the services of a leading executive search firm which will consider both internal and external candidates for the CEO position.

In its second quarter outlook for this year, Twitter expects revenue to be in the range of $470 million to $485 million and adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $97 million to $102 million.

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