Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) shares gained as much as 4.5% during morning trading today amid news that former CEO Dick Costolo is planning to leave the firm’s board of directors once the firm concludes its search for a new chief executive. According to a report from Bloomberg, Costolo remained on the Twitter board to ease the company’s transition to a new executive, but will cut ties with the firm once a new CEO is selected and a planned board of directors reshuffle is done. Currently, co-founder Jack Dorsey is the interim CEO of the company, while also holding the CEO role at Foursquare Inc. The social network is reportedly considering bringing in new people to the board of directors to diversify the background of the group that oversees the company.
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Furthermore, Insider Monkey tracks insiders’ transactions to see whether insiders are also bullish on these companies. On August 7, Twitter Director Peter Currie, co-founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey, and Director Peter Fenton acquired 9,200 shares, 31,627 shares, and 7,260 shares, respectively. On August 6, Senior Vice President of Engineering Alexander Roetter and Director Evan Williams sold 1,800 and 23,064 shares. Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the new hedge fund activity regarding Twitter Inc.