PayPal exec insults comms leader in Twitter tirade

The Twitter saga of PayPal's ex-director of global strategy Rakesh Agrawal

Former PayPal executive Rakesh Agrawal singled out VP of global communications Christina Smedley in a Twitter tirade that marked his abrupt departure from the company.

In a series of expletive-filled tweets that have since been deleted, Agrawal called Smedley a "useless middle manager." Agrawal, who joined PayPal in March as director of global strategy, went on his rant Friday night from Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Things got a little messy.

The next day, PayPal tweeted that Agrawal was no longer an employee of the company.

Agrawal responded that he had already given his two weeks notice. He blamed his blunder on a new phone and sleep deprivation.

Agrawal apologized to PayPal VP Stan Chudnovsky and president David Marcus, calling them "two smartest guys I know." He also took his moment in the spotlight to share a bit of PR advice with PayPal:

In his resignation email, Agrawal said he is starting a new venture that will "change the world."

Since his outburst he’s been trying to raise funds and awareness of his new project using – what else? – Twitter.

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