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Twitter Hires Google Maps Executive to Lead Product Group

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 02:04 PM

Twitter Inc. is hiring Daniel Graf, a Google Inc. executive, to be its new vice president of consumer products, as the company looks to spur user growth.

Graf, who was a director at Google’s mapping unit, is replacing Michael Sippey. Sippey left San Francisco-based Twitter earlier this year.

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo is betting that changes to the company’s products will reverse a slowdown in new member growth. The microblogging company has been adding bigger images to the site and giving users different ways to organize information, making the service more appealing and easier to access.

Twitter monthly active users rose 30 percent from a year earlier to 241 million in the fourth quarter, slower than the 39 percent gain posted in the prior period. Facebook Inc. has 1.2 billion monthly active users.

“Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around the corner, excited to take wing with the @twitter product team,” Graf tweeted. He started using Twitter in 2009 and has tweeted three times and follows five people, according to his account.

Costolo tweeted that he was “looking forward” to having Graf join next month.

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