- Twitter is losing talent steadily as its legal battle with Elon Musk grinds on.
- Sandeep Pandey led much of the company's work on machine learning, a powerful type of AI.
- His exit follows the departure of many others at the company in recent months.
Twitter has lost another top executive, Insider has learned, this time a longtime engineering leader who is joining Facebook.
This is the latest in a wave of departures mostly spurred by Twitter's bitter legal battle with Elon Musk over whether he will acquire the company.
Sandeep Pandey, vice president of engineering at Twitter, is leaving after more than a decade. He joined in early 2012 as a staff engineer and worked his way up through the ranks, becoming director of engineering before being promoted to the VP level. His focus for the last few years been on machine learning, leading the "cortex" team at Twitter, which is heavily geared toward advertising and platform performance.
At his new place of work, Facebook, which last year rebranded as Meta, Pandey will also focus on machine learning and AI, a person familiar with the role said. While Facebook has slowed hiring and is looking to trim staffing levels, AI is still a big area of investment. This technology is integral to the company's plans to rebuild its advertising infrastructure after Apple privacy changes hammered that business.
Pandey did not respond to a request for comment. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment. Facebook also could not be reached for comment.
Scores of employees have decided to leave Twitter in recent weeks, many to other jobs in tech. There was a marked uptick in resignations in early August, an employee said, as a large number of workers' previous stock awards vested around that time.
The exodus has been blamed on Elon Musk, who offered to buy Twitter 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.
Several other Twitter executives have left since Musk launched his takeover in April. It's head of product Kayvon Beykpour and head of product revenue Bruce Falck were fired in May by CEO Parag Agrawal in a reorganization around the time the company froze hiring and rescinded outstanding offers.
Its head of data science, VP of Twitter service and a VP of health on the platform also decided to leave in May. Although Musk said openly that layoffs would be likely when he took over the company, he cited these sudden departures as problematic in deciding to try and back out of the $44 billion deal.
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