If everything goes well, a Telugu woman will lead Twitter. Yellepeddi Padmasree, native of Vijayawada, is in the race for the post of Twitter CEO, according to a report by Bloomberg Business. The news agency said Twitter’s search firm Spencer Stuart has reached out to three or four senior business executives, including Yellepeddi Padmasree , who is also known as Padmasree Warrior, to lead the company. Twitter is entering the fourth month of its CEO search after Dick Costolo resigned from the post earlier this year. While co-founder Jack Dorsey is acting as interim CEO, the company is scouting for a permanent leader. CBS Interactive Inc.’s Jim Lanzone is the other outsider in the race along with Ms Warrior.
Padmasree Warrior, a former CTO of Cisco Systems and of Motorola, was born in Vijayawada and did her schooling and Intermediate here. She then took a degree in chemical engineering from the IIT-Delhi and a post-graduate degree at Cornell University. Born to Yellepeddi Subramanyam, an advocate, Padmasree Warrior did her schooling at Children’s Montessori High School and her Plus-Two at the city’s iconic Maris Stella College.
Her family lived in a house on Sanyasiraju Street at Gandhinagar, an upmarket locality in Vijayawada. The family still owns prime property in the city’s commercial centres Besant Road and Eluru Road. Forbes listed Padmasree Warrior as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2014 and Fortune magazine called her one of the four rising stars on its Most Powerful Women list in 2006. Padmasree Warrior’s brother Yellepeddi Ramakrishna, who lives in Chennai, said the outcome of the Twitter search would be known soon.