This Is The Man Responsible For Twitter's Close Relationship With Apple

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Meet Ali Rowghani, chief financial officer of Twitter.He’s the reason Twitter has such a good relationship with Apple.

Rowghani was formerly the chief financial officer of Pixar Animation Studios, a company that Steve Jobs started before returning to Apple.

According to a new profile of Twitter in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Rowghani and his connections are the reason Twitter works so closely with Apple.

Apple has since directly integrated Twitter into a lot of the core features of its phones. It even has a “tweet” sound effect that you can assign to SMS and other Twitter functions.

Here’s the line from the BusinessWeek profile:

Twitter has also aligned itself closely with Apple (AAPL), thanks in part to the connections of its chief financial officer, Ali Rowghani, a former CFO of Pixar Animation Studios, the late Steve Jobs’s other company.

Here’s what else we’ve learned about Rowghani from some light searching on the Internets:

  • Before joining Pixar, he was an associate at McKinsey and Company. He was based for nine months in Germany and spent a year in Japan, according to AllThingsD.
  • Ali holds B.A. and MBA degree from Stanford University. He spent a year studying at the University of Bonn in Germany, according to the same AllThingsD report.
  • He was born in Iran and is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
  • He’s a prolific Twitter user, as most employees are, and apparently likes Dancing With The Stars.
  • He also has a few fans — including one that made a “fake Ali Rowghani” Twitter account. That user seems to like Dancing With The Stars too.

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