Twitter names first woman to join board

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New York - Twitter Inc., the social-media company that went public this year, named former Pearson Plc chief executive Marjorie Scardino to its board after criticism that it lacked women in its top ranks.

The appointment of Scardino, 66, is effective immediately, Twitter said today in a filing.

She led Pearson, the education and publishing company, from 1997 to last year.

The absence of women on Twitter’s board was “a joke,” Sallie Krawcheck, a former Bank of America Corp. executive, said last month.

It showed Silicon Valley was no better than Wall Street when it came to female representation, she said.

The addition of Scardino expands Twitter’s board to eight people.

The microblogging site raised $2.09 billion in an initial public offering this month. - Bloomberg News

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