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Quebec Ink: What’s a nice guy like Patrick Pichette doing at a place like Twitter?

Patrick Pichette during a ceremony in Quebec City in June 2015. The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL — Much like the company he oversees, Twitter independent chairman Patrick Pichette is a contradiction. 

Twitter, the often shambolic social media platform, is part graffiti wall, part watering hole—an ode to Silicon Valley’s say-anything ethos, as well as the overindulgences it tends to engender.

But Twitter the company, which publicly espouses that other Valley ethos of open governance, is a closed book. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of Pichette, the Montreal-born former Google CFO and current partner at venture capital firm Inovia, who is somehow both one of the most prominent Canadians in Silicon Valley and among those with the lowest profile.

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