Twitter has announced the appointment of Apurva Dalal as Director of Engineering. Apurva has over two decades of engineering experience spanning global organisations such as Uber, Google, and eBay.
He last served as the engineering site lead for Uber Bengaluru. Starting on 20th April 2021, Apurva will become the senior-most member of Twitter’s Engineering team in the country, based in Bengaluru and will be responsible for strengthening the company’s engineering capacity and offerings for local and global audiences.
Expanding the team in Twitter India aligns with the company’s overall belief that having more employees at Twitter, living and working in places that are representative of all perspectives and cultures, and sharing local context about these conversations will help Twitter be a better service and company.
By committing to hire and develop local engineering talent, Twitter India will play an important role in the company’s journey to become the world’s most diverse, inclusive, and accessible tech company.
The engineering team in Bengaluru, which has expanded rapidly over the past two years, will continue to focus on building more daily utility for new and existing audiences, with capabilities ranging from product development, research and design as well as data science and machine learning.
Outside of the United States, Twitter has dedicated engineering teams in multiple markets including London, Toronto, Singapore and Bengaluru.
The focus on developing engineering capabilities in India comes as part of the company’s broader goal to increase its development velocity, including building a strong foundation for its product. This is what the core team will be focused on based out of Bengaluru.
Commenting on the development, Twitter Vice President of Engineering Nick Caldwell says Twitter is committed to building a truly global, inclusive and accessible product.
“We’re excited to bring some of the best, cutting-edge engineering jobs for a global Internet platform to India, a country that is not only a priority market for Twitter but is also a hub for world-class engineering talent. Under Apurva’s leadership, the strengthened India engineering site will focus on building core capabilities in our technology to enable us to serve the public conversation,” said Nick Caldwell.
Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari stated that India has always been a priority market for Twitter and drives significant growth for the company.
“In fact, as previously shared, Twitter in India recorded a 74% YoY mDAU growth in Q4 2020. In order to scale our reach and build a service that is truly for Indians and by Indians, we are investing in expanding our engineering team in the country,” said Manish Maheshwari.
With Apurva’s appointment as Director of Engineering, he said the company is confident that his expertise and vision will help Twitter strengthen its ability to enhance a service that millions of Indians rely on daily.