Susan Wojcicki is stepping down as CEO of YouTube after nine years — and nearly 25 years — at Google, Variety reports. He will be replaced by Neil Mohan, the company’s Indian-American chief product officer, he added.
Wojcicki announced her departure on Thursday in a memo to YouTube staff. “I have decided to step back from my role as head of YouTube and begin a new chapter focused on my family, health and personal projects,” he wrote, according to ‘Variety’.
“The timing is right for me, and I feel able to do this because we have an incredible leadership team here at YouTube,” continued Susan Wojcicki.
Announcing that Mohan would be stepping in his place, she wrote: “When I joined YouTube nine years ago, one of my first priorities was to put together an incredible leadership team. Neil Mohan was one of those leaders, and he will be the SVP and the new head of YouTube.
I’ve spent nearly 15 years of my career working with Neil, first when he came to Google in 2007 with the DoubleClick acquisition and as his role grew as SVP of Display and Video Ads. He became the Chief Product Officer of YouTube in 2015.
“Since then, he has established a top-notch product and UX team, been instrumental in the launch of some of our biggest products including YouTube TV, YouTube Music & Premium and Shorts, and led our Trust and Safety team, Making sure YouTube lives up to its responsibility as a global platform.”
Concluding her announcement, Susan Wojcicki said that Neil Mohan “has an amazing understanding for our product, our business, our creator and user communities, and our employees. Neil will be a great leader for YouTube.”
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