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Twitter's head of France quits as further cuts loom

Twitter's head of France quits as further cuts loom

21.11.2022 From our online archive
Damien Viel, who had led the social media giant in the country for seven years, announced his departure in a tweet
Photo credit: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa

Twitter Inc.’s head of France announced his departure in a tweet on Sunday ahead of what may be additional layoffs at the embattled platform coming as soon as Monday. 

Damien Viel, who confirmed his departure in a separate message to Bloomberg, had led the region for about seven years. A number of workers at the Paris office, which had fewer than 50 employees before billionaire Elon Musk took over last month, are focused on advertiser relationships. 

Musk, who’s already slashed Twitter’s workforce in half in sweeping job cuts that included much of the company’s management, is considering additional layoffs to begin as soon as Monday. They’ll likely focus on the sales and partnerships side of the business, people familiar with the matter have said. 

“It’s over. Pride, honour and mission accomplished,” Viel tweeted.

Viel declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure or how many Twitter employees remain in Paris. 

Last week, Paris-based fashion house Balenciaga joined other brands in quitting Twitter, deleting its account after Musk acquired the social-media platform and upended content rules. Other companies have paused advertising on the platform, including General Motors, Volkswagen, Pfizer and General Mills.

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