Gabriel Stricker takes over media role at Twitter after executive departures

Stricker elevated to take on media role at Twitter; Earnest prepares to assume White House press secretary role; Details emerge about Apple smartwatch.

Gabriel Stricker takes over media role at Twitter after executive departures
Twitter marketing and communications chief Gabriel Stricker is taking over the company’s media unit, while sales leader Adam Bain is assuming responsibility for business development. The promotions took place a week after COO Ali Rowghani left the microblogging service.

Re/code first reported on the promotions after both Stricker and Bain — you guessed it — changed their Twitter profiles.

The company’s media team had previously reported to Chloe Sladden, who also left the company last week. The groups formerly run by Sladden and Stricker had worked closely together, according to various reports.

Bain and Stricker are stepping up at Twitter during a challenging time. Investors want to see more urgent growth after two consecutive quarters of lackluster numbers. Twitter also startled stakeholders recently when it said users were checking the service less frequently than a year before.

Profile: Earnest could be less combative press secretary than predecessors
Incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest could bring a more cooperative, less combative approach to the job. The 39-year-old "has a reputation for working more cooperatively with the press to advocate for his boss" than predecessors Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs, according to the AP. He’s set to take over the daily briefing on Friday and formally step into the evolving press secretary role on Monday.

Mayer talks American Apparel’s business turnaround
Newly elevated American Apparel co-chairman and 42West principal partner Allan Mayer told CNBC on Thursday that the dismissal of founder and CEO Dov Charney had nothing to do with the company’s financial performance. While he did not disclose any additional details about the investigation that led to Charney’s firing, Mayer said going into Chapter 11 bankruptcy "is so remote, I wouldn’t even consider it a possibility."

Details about Apple smartwatch emerge
Apple could take the wraps off its smartwatch as early as October, according to a Thursday morning story in The Wall Street Journal, which reported that Taiwan-based manufacturer Quanta Computer could begin work on the device in two to three months.

Three other things to know Friday morning:
General Motors may compensate more people than just the families of the 13 killed in accidents involving Chevrolet Cobalts with non-working ignition switches. Details of the compensation plan will likely emerge next month.

The House of Representatives voted late Thursday to limit NSA spying on Americans and pull back the agency’s ability to conduct "backdoor searches" on their data and personal information.

Shire, an Irish pharma company, said early Friday that it has rejected a $46.3 billion takeover bid by American drug-maker AbbVie. Shire said AbbVie’s offer was unprompted and undervalued its company.  

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