Social media giant Twitter Inc. today announced the appointments of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to Twitter’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) as new independent directors, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University-trained economist who served as Nigerian minister for finance and Economy was appointed to Twitter board alongside Robert Zoellick.

Twitter’s Lead Independent Director Major Scardino will be stepping down from the Board for personal reasons at the end of the year.

Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani made this known on the platform, he said;

“Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise”.

“He added that “We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service.”

“Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,”

“As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues.