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Twilio Announces CEO Transition

Khozema Shipchandler Appointed CEO

Jeff Lawson Steps Down as CEO and from the Twilio Board of Directors

Jeff Epstein Appointed Chair of the Twilio Board of Directors

Company Expects to Exceed Financial Guidance for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), the customer engagement platform that drives real-time, personalized experiences for today’s leading brands, today announced that Khozema Shipchandler, formerly President of Twilio Communications, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and will join the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Shipchandler succeeds Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s co-founder, who is stepping down as CEO and as a member of the Twilio Board. In addition, Jeff Epstein, a member of the Twilio Board and Lead Independent Director since 2017, has been appointed as Chair of the Twilio Board.

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Khozema Shipchandler, Twilio CEO (Photo: Business Wire)

Khozema Shipchandler, Twilio CEO (Photo: Business Wire)

Shipchandler has over 25 years of experience growing businesses and driving financial performance across global, public organizations. Prior to Twilio, Khozema spent over two decades at GE where he drove operating excellence in GE’s high tech aviation division, plus accelerated growth in the Middle East region. He has a deep understanding of Twilio’s business, operations and culture, having most recently served as President of Twilio Communications, and previously as Twilio’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

“Khozema is a proven leader and the right person to lead Twilio in its next chapter,” said Jeff Epstein, incoming Board Chair. “This appointment ensures that Twilio is best positioned to deliver increased value to all stakeholders going forward. Khozema successfully led Twilio Communications over the past year, pivoting the business to profitable growth, in addition to having served in key operational and financial leadership roles over the past five years.”

Shipchandler said, “I am honored to step into the CEO role and to partner with our talented team to lead Twilio in its next era. Over the last year and a half, we have implemented meaningful changes across the organization to position ourselves for renewed growth and to drive operational improvements, optimize our capital allocation strategy, and enhance focus and execution. We have a strong foundation, but we always have more work to do. As I step into the CEO role, I am focused on continuing to build on the considerable growth and operating improvements we’ve made across the board, plus taking a fresh look at the areas of the business that are underperforming to realize the full potential of our business.”

“Building Twilio over the past 15 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said Jeff Lawson. “We launched Twilio in 2008 with a to-do list written on the back of a pizza box and 15 years later, Twilio’s platform handles over 1.7 trillion interactions a year on behalf of more than 306,000 customers across the globe. I’m proud to have led the company from zero to over $4 billion in annualized revenue, and now generating a 19% free cash flow margin as of our last earnings. I leave Twilio in the hands of a capable and talented management team who have my full support and respect. Khozema is a great leader, and I am confident he will lead the company well. Thank you to every Twilio customer, employee and developer I’ve had the privilege of building with – I can’t wait to see what you build next.”

Shipchandler continued, “It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Jeff – a tech visionary and pioneer from whom I have learned so much from over the past five years. Over the last 15 years, Jeff led Twilio through its incredible evolution from a disruptive startup to an admired public company. He brought his passion as a founder to countless product innovations and shaped our culture. Jeff also pushed the tech industry forward in many ways – democratizing business communications and making a hero of developers. His mark on Twilio is indelible and I have profound respect for him as a leader and friend.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Twilio expects to report fourth quarter 2023 revenue, fourth quarter 2023 non-GAAP income from operations, and fiscal year 2023 non-GAAP income from operations above the top-end of the guidance ranges it originally provided on November 8, 2023.

The company will provide further information when it releases its fourth quarter and full year 2023 results on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, after market close. Twilio will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. (PT) / 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, to discuss its results with the investment community.

Investors and analysts can pre-register for the webcast at, and the live webcast will also be available on the Twilio Investor Relations website at A replay will be available at (800) 770-2030 (U.S.) or (647) 362-9199 (non-U.S.) with conference ID 80378 until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on February 21, 2024.

About Khozema Shipchandler

Khozema Shipchandler most recently served as President of Twilio Communications, since his appointment in March 2023. Prior to that, he had served as Twilio’s Chief Operating Officer since October 2021 and as Chief Financial Officer from November 2018 to October 2021. Prior to Twilio, Shipchandler held a variety of financial and operating roles at GE across Industrial Internet, Aviation and Corporate Audit in the U.S., Middle East and Singapore. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Khozema also serves on the boards of Smartsheet and Ethos.

About Twilio Inc.

Today's leading companies trust Twilio's Customer Engagement Platform (CEP) to build direct, personalized relationships with their customers everywhere in the world. Twilio enables companies to use communications and data to add intelligence and security to every step of the customer journey, from sales to marketing to growth, customer service and many more engagement use cases in a flexible, programmatic way. Across 180 countries, millions of developers and hundreds of thousands of businesses use Twilio to create magical experiences for their customers. For more information about Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) visit

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes free cash flow margin, a non-GAAP financial measure. We use non-GAAP financial to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that our non-GAAP financial measures may be helpful to investors because they provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance and assist in comparisons with other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results. We believe free cash flow margin provides useful supplemental information to help investors understand underlying trends in our business. Our non-GAAP financial measures are presented for supplemental informational purposes only, should not be considered substitutes for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. A reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included below. Note that material changes to reconciling items could have a significant effect on future GAAP results.

We define free cash flow margin as free cash flow divided by revenue. We calculate free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities, excluding capitalized software development costs and purchases of long-lived and intangible assets.

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