Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?

Twitter general counsel quits role, will stay on as adviser

General counsel Alex Macgillivray will leave Twitter's day-to-day operations to pursue "other passions."

Donna Tam Staff Writer / News
Donna Tam covers Amazon and other fun stuff for CNET News. She is a San Francisco native who enjoys feasting, merrymaking, checking her Gmail and reading her Kindle.
Donna Tam

Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray is leaving Twitter, the ex-Googler announced on his blog Friday.

Macgillivray said Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal director for corporate and international issues, will eventually take over his post, but he will remain as an adviser to the legal team.

"As we transition, I will dial back my day-to-day involvement with Twitter," he wrote. "I'll continue to support the company and its great people by staying on as an adviser for the legal, trust & safety, corporate development and public policy teams. I continue to care deeply about Twitter, the folks who work at Twitter and our tremendous users, so I'll remain close to all three."

He tweeted a link to his post, saying that he would be "exploring other passions."

Macgillivray arrived at Twitter four years ago after working at Google as an associate general counsel for products and intellectual property. He was joined in 2012 by another high-profile Google lawyer, Nicole Wong, who recently left Twitter to be the White House's Internet privacy officer.

Updated, 10:19 a.m. PT: with more background information.