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Former Twitter Product Head Kevin Weil Joins Instagram

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Barely a week after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that VP of product Kevin Weil was leaving the company along other key executives, it has now emerged that Weil has landed a new job at Facebook-owned Instagram as Head of Product.

The Facebook-owned image-sharing network has apparently been courting Weil since last year, and it’s not true that he was fired. He’s chosen to take the company up on its offer way before it was reported that some of Twitter’s top execs are leaving the microblogging service.

The timing makes sense. Peter Deng has been Instagram’s head of product for the past two-plus years and jumped to another Facebook property, Oculus, earlier this month.

Contrary to numerous reports, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Sunday night that all of Twitter’s executive departures were resignations, including Weil’s.

Weil wasn’t the only executive to leave on his own accord. According to numerous sources, VP of Engineering Alex Roetter and Media boss Katie Stanton also resigned, and were not fired as numerous stories claim.

Technology news site Recode reported that the company will soon bring a “well-known media personality” to its board of executives, speculating that American Express’s Leslie Berland has been lined up to replace Stanton.

If Instagram was indeed recruiting Weil for months, that seems to support Dorsey’s message. It may also be why sources inside the company tell Re/code that it appeared

According to an SEC filing from Tuesday, Weil and Roetter are set to stay at the company until January 29 and February 4, respectively.

As head of product, Kevin Weil was responsible for the roll-out of Moments, although he was under the watchful eye of Mr Dorsey, who took on a more hands-on development role than his predecessor, Dick Costolo. Weil’s responsibilities were scaled back following company-wide layoffs in October.

Weil is expected to report to Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in his new role.

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