Linda Yaccarino landed Twitter CEO job after ‘pushing’ Elon Musk: ‘There was chemistry there’
Yaccarino was picked to interview Musk as part of a talk that was headlined “Twitter 2.0: From Conversations to Partnership.”
Observers noted that Yaccarino did not hold back and asked Musk tough questions about his tweeting habits.
“I have to push you a little because there’s a lot of folks in this room, they vote with their pocketbooks,” Yaccarino told Musk on April 18.
She pressed Musk on his tweets in which he expressed disdain for “cancel culture” and mocked pronouns used by transgender and non-binary individuals.
Yaccarino told Musk that advertisers who were in attendance in Miami Beach were “holding back” from doing business on Twitter.
“What do you say to them in this room?” Yaccarino asked Musk, who replied that his tweets should be viewed as “sarcastic” or a “joke.”
At another point in the interview, Yaccarino grilled Musk about his late-night tweeting habits.
“You’ve said you probably shouldn’t tweet after 3 a.m.,” Yaccarino said.
“Will you commit to being a little more specific and not tweet after 3 a.m.?”
Those who know Yaccarino described her as a “tough” Italian woman — a “Long Island lady” — who “can both inspire and terrify” her employees.
Yaccarino reportedly inspires loyalty and confidence from her most devoted subordinates — who in turn are rewarded by being invited to intense SoulCycle sessions, according to Fortune.
Her critics allege that she shows favoritism to the employees that she likes by rewarding them with promotions even though they weren’t deserving.
One source told Fortune that she developed sharp elbows in a male-dominated industry, enabling her to rise through the ranks at NBC.
“She stood up to a lot of misogyny. She stood up to a lot of men,“ one source who worked with her told Fortune.
Yaccarino is also reportedly known for her staunchly pro-Republican political views.
In 2018, then-President Donald Trump appointed her to his President’s Council on Sport, Fitness, and Nutrition.
But Paskalis told Fortune that Yaccarino keeps her views “fairly private.” He also predicted that she will be a force of moderation who will show more restraint compared to the freewheeling Musk.
”She’ll probably be able to temper [Musk’s] enthusiasm for extreme commentary, but introduce more balance,” Paskalis said.
Source: NYPost Technology