Twitter co-founder joins Disney board

Agence France-Presse

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Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder and the man who wrote the first tweet, joins Disney's board of directors

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. Disney hopes social media helps enhance relationship with customers. Photo from Jack Dorsey's Twitter (@jack)

NEW YORK, USA  US entertainment giant Walt Disney Company announced Monday, December 23, that it tapped Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey to join its board of directors.

Disney chief executive Robert Iger praised Dorsey as a “talented entrepreneur who has helped create groundbreaking new businesses in the social media and commerce space,” according to a statement.

“The perspective he brings to Disney and its Board is extremely valuable, given our strategic priorities, which include utilizing the latest technologies and platforms to reach more people and to enhance the relationship we have with our customers,” Iger said.

Dorsey tweeted a quote by Walt Disney, along with a photo of early sketches of Mickey Mouse.

“I only hope we don’t lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse,” read the tweet.

Dorsey was a co-founder of the social networking site Twitter and is credited with writing the first Tweet in 2006. He is also chief executive of Square, which works on innovations in online payment systems.

A member of the prestigious Dow Jones Industrial Average, Disney’s business include studio entertainment and parks and resorts. The company had annual revenues of $45 billion in 2013. –

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