Elon Musk fired Twitter’s head of sales after begging her to stay with the company, report says

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  • Robin Wheeler, head of advertising sales at Twitter, no longer works for the company, Platformer reported.

  • Wheeler was fired a week after reports said Elon Musk convinced her not to quit.

  • The move comes as Twitter deals with mass resignations.

About a week after Elon Musk persuaded Twitter ad sales manager Robin Wheeler not to quit, he changed his mind and fired her, according to information from Platformer.

Sources said Casey Newton, who runs the Platformer newsletter, that Wheeler was fired on Friday. A source also told Insider Wheeler that he was fired, but declined to provide further details.

Wheeler had tendered her resignation last Thursday along with several other top executives, but was persuaded to stay by the new owner, Bloomberg reported. Shortly after Newton broke the news of his layoff on Friday, Wheeler posted on social media in what appeared to be confirmation of his departure.

“To the team and my clients…you have always been my first and only priority,” Wheeler tweeted, adding a salute emoji that has become a symbol of leaving the company.

Wheeler did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Since Elon Musk acquired the social media platform for $44 billion in late October, the company has made sweeping cuts to its 7,500-employee workforce. Keeping his promise to investors to cut his workforce, Musk moved quickly with layoffs after the deal was struck. In the weeks that followed, more than 3,700 jobs were lost.

On Thursday, about 1,200 more employees quit, The New York Times reported. The payroll department and other finance workers left en masse after Musk asked employees to engage in “extremely hardcore” Twitter 2.0 with “long hours at high intensity” or quit.

Since the resumption, employees have also described chaotic working conditions, including laid-off workers being asked to return to the office, 84-hour weeks and some employees sleeping on the floor. An employee was fired after a public disagreement with Musk on Twitter and contractors were told bluntly that their work with the company had ended on less than 24 hours’ notice.

“It might not seem like a big deal, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to treat employees like that,” one worker told Insider’s Jyoti Mann.

Musk and Twitter representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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