Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he has identified a new CEO for Twitter but did not name the individual, and that he will shift to the position of chief technical officer of the social media network within the next few weeks.
“Excited to announce that I’ve hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks!,” Musk said in a tweet.
Musk had previously not mentioned any potential successors, and it was unknown who he had picked, though Blind, an anonymous messaging service for tech personnel, was rife with speculation.
According to a former employee who saw the comments, former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Shivon Zilis, a prominent executive at Musk’s brain-chip business Neuralink, were among the names discussed on Blind.
Musk stated that he will shift to the job of Twitter’s executive chair, as well as CTO, where he will supervise product, software, and sysops.
Musk held a Twitter poll in December, and 57.5% of users voted for him to stand down as CEO of the social media network.
“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” Musk had stated at the time.
In October, the billionaire’s first two weeks as the new owner of Twitter were marked by rapid chaos