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Elon Musk Names Linda Yaccarino as New Twitter CEO

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Linda Yaccarino

By Adedapo Adesanya

Twitter owner, Mr Elon Musk, has named a new chief executive officer (CEO) of the company just over six months after his controversial takeover of the social media firm.

The billionaire said Ms Linda Yaccarino, the former head of advertising at NBCUniversal, would oversee business operations at the site, which has been struggling to make money.

He said she would start in six weeks while he remains as executive chairman and chief technology officer (CTO).

“Looking forward to working with Linda to transform this platform into X, the everything app,” he wrote on Twitter, confirming the decision a day after he had stoked speculation by writing that he had found a new boss without revealing their identity.

Mr Musk – who bought the social media platform last year for $44 billion – had been under pressure to find someone else to lead the company and refocus his attention on his other businesses, which include electric carmaker Tesla and rocket firm SpaceX.

A graduate of Penn State who now lives outside of New York City on Long Island, she worked at Turner Entertainment for 15 years before joining NBCUniversal, where she oversaw roughly 2,000 people and was involved with the launch of its streaming service.

Ms Yaccarino brings to Twitter a deep background in advertising, which the social media company relies on to make money and which has dropped sharply since Mr Musk’s takeover.

Her extensive advertising background could help repair the damaged relationships between Twitter and advertisers that left the platform following Musk’s chaotic takeover since acquiring Twitter last year.

Mr Musk has been desperate to find ways for the platform to make money to pay off a mountain of debt, and at one point, said that bankruptcy is a possibility.

That is part of the reason why Twitter has rolled out a revamped $8 per month Blue subscription and started charging developers to use its API.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Aviation Minister Appoints Arise TV’s Amaka Udeh-Walker as GM NAMA

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Amaka Udeh-Walker

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

One of Arise TV’s correspondents, Mrs Amaka Udeh-Walker, has been appointed as General Manager for Public Affairs of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The broadcast journalist was appointed for the position by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Siriki, according to a statement from the Ministry of Aviation.

She is one of those chosen by the Minister to lead some agencies in the sector as part of its reorganisation for efficiency.

Amaka Udeh Walker is a news anchor on Arise TV and was once the Head of Programmes at Hot 98.3 FM, where she oversaw the affairs of the Programs Department and Presenters.

She joined Arise TV in 2018 and has risen to be one of its top members of staff.

At NAMA, she will work directly with the Director General/CEO, Mr Tayib Odunowo.

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Buhari Appoints Madein as New Accountant-General

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Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Mrs Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein has been appointed as the new and substantive Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).

She is replacing the former occupier of the seat, Mr Idris Ahmed, who was suspended over allegations of corruption and embezzlement of public funds.

A statement signed by the Director of Communications in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi Ahmed, disclosed that the appointment of the new AGF is with effect from Thursday, May 18, 2023.

According to the statement, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, confirmed the appointment of Mrs Madein.

This followed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Prior to her appointment, Mr Sylva Okolieboh had been acting as the Accountant-General of the Federation.

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Aspiring Professionals Get Latest Work Trends at Interswitch Career Fair

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2023 Interswitch Career Fair

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

It was an exciting moment for aspiring professionals at the 2023 Interswitch Career Fair last Saturday at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.

Participants were equipped with the latest trends in the industry, as they learned from experts on the panel, who discussed various topics relating to career development and growth.

Some of them included Franklin Ali, Chief Human Resources Officer, Interswitch Nigeria; Akeem Lawal, MD, Interswitch Payment Processing and Switching (Interswitch Purepay); Damilola Olokesusi, Co-Founder/CEO Shuttlers; Halima Usman, Divisional Head, Core Operations, Interswitch; Adaobi Okerekeocha, Chief Innovation Officer, Interswitch;  Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye, Head of Employee Relations, Sahara Group and Sikemi Tayo, CEO, Kit for Professionals.

They explored trends around relevant subject matters such as navigating the Nigerian job market, career acceleration in today’s digital age, innovation in the workplace and navigating the world of tech as a woman.

During the job fair segment, attendees were given the opportunity to interact with company representatives stationed at the various booths set up to satisfy their career curiosities and employment potentials at The Switch.

Speaking about the event, which was themed The Future of Work, Franklin Ali explained Interswitch’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s expanding workforce by empowering them through initiatives such as the Career Fair.

He stated that the Interswitch Career Fair 2.0 was a great success and a significant milestone for them at Interswitch.

“We are committed to empowering talented young people in Nigeria, and this event was an opportunity for us to equip aspiring professionals with the latest work trends and point them towards the right opportunities,” he added.

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