Parag Agrawal is an Indian-American technology executive, and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Twitter since November 2021. Agrawal joined Twitter as a software engineer in 2011 and became the chief technology officer in 2017. On 29 November 2021, Jack Dorsey announced that he was resigning as CEO of Twitter and that Agrawal was replacing him, with immediate effect.
Agrawal was born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. Later he shifted to Mumbai. His father was a senior official in the Indian Department of Atomic Energy and his mother is a retired school teacher. He studied at Atomic Energy Central School No.4. He was a classmate of singer Shreya Ghoshal. Agrawal won a gold medal at the 2001 International Physics Olympiad held in Turkey. He earned 77th rank in the IIT Joint Entrance Exam in 2000, and Agrawal obtained his B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering from IIT Bombay in 2005. Agrawal then moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in computer science from Stanford University under the guidance of Jennifer Widom.
Parag held leadership positions at Microsoft Research and Yahoo! Research prior to joining Twitter as a software engineer in 2011. In October 2017, Twitter announced the appointment of Agrawal as chief technology officer following the departure of Adam Massinger. In December 2019, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Agrawal would be in charge of Project Bluesky, an initiative to develop a decentralized social network protocol.
He is married to Vineeta Agrawal. She is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm. They have one son.