Here’s the SEC filing on the hire, with some background on Scardino:
On December 4, 2013, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Twitter, Inc. (the “Company”) elected Marjorie Scardino to serve as a member of the Board, effective immediately. Ms. Scardino will serve in the class of directors whose term expires at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2014. In addition, Ms. Scardino was appointed as a member of the audit committee of the Board (the “Audit Committee”), effective immediately. Ms. Scardino will replace David Rosenblatt on the Audit Committee. Mr. Rosenblatt will continue to serve on the compensation committee of the Board and the nominating and corporate
governance committee of the Board.
Even though Scardino is not much of a Twitter user, she sent her first tweet in response to Twitter that she got the job. She only follows only 15 accounts on Twitter. It seems that Twitter did not hire her due to her tweeting experience, but for her media/business savvies.
Ms. Scardino, age 66, served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Pearson plc, a publishing and education company, from 1997 to 2012. From 1985 to 1997, Ms. Scardino served in several roles at The Economist Group, a media company, including as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Scardino served on the board of directors of Nokia Corporation, a telecommunications company, from 2001 to April 2013. Ms. Scardino holds a B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Way To Go Twitter!!! Finally, you hire your first female. This is a giant leap forward for the IT World. Now, let’s see will this open up doors for more women to serve on the board.