- In his new job, he will work on the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning team.
Sandeep Pandey, vice president of engineering at Twitter, has left the social media platform to join Meta, formerly known as Facebook. The Indian American leaves the company after a decade of leading the central machine learning, data science and data platform, as reported by Business Insider. In his new position, Pandey will work on Meta’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning teams, the report added.
The Indian American is among several senior executives who have left the Parag Agrawal-led company in recent months, “mostly spurred by Twitter’s bitter legal battle with Elon Musk over whether he will acquire the company,” Business Insider noted. The Tesla CEO, who offered to buy the company earlier this year but is now trying to back out of the deal by saying the company lied about how many “bots,” or spam accounts, are on the platform. “The messy legal battle is headed to Delaware Chancery Court,” Business Insider noted.
Pandey joined Twitter in early 2012 as a staff engineer and worked his way up the ranks, becoming director of engineering before being promoted to the VP level. “His focus for the last few years has been on machine learning, leading the “cortex” team at Twitter, which is heavily geared toward advertising and platform performance,” the Business Insider report said.
He studied at Carnegie Mellon University, he started his career at IBM India Research Lab and Google. Before joining Twitter, he worked as a research scientist at Yahoo.
Agrawal began making significant changes with the company barely two months after being named CEO. Peiter Zatko, the head of security left the company on Jan. 19, followed by Rinki Sethi, the chief information security officer. Before their exits, in December, Agrawal reorganized the leadership team and dismissed Dantley Davis, the chief design officer, and Michael Montano, the head of engineering, The New York Times reported.