CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki steps down after nine years.
In a blog post, she stated that she was going to “start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and personal initiatives I’m passionate about.”
The platform’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, will become the new CEO of the Google-owned business.
I feel qualified to do this because YouTube has a wonderful leadership team in place, Ms. Wojcicki said. I feel like I can accomplish this, and the time is right for me,” she continued.
Ms. Wojcicki went on to say that she will work at YouTube in the “short term” to “support Neal and help with the transition.”
On her blog, she commended Mr. Mohan’s management of YouTube Music, Premium, and Shorts as well as his attempts to develop YouTube TV.
At the request of Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Ms. Wojcicki declared she will “take on an advising role throughout Google and Alphabet.”
She continued, “I will be able to draw on my diverse former experiences to provide guidance and direction across Google and the portfolio of Alphabet companies.”
When Google’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, established a company in the garage of Ms. Wojcicki’s Silicon Valley home in 1998, she became connected with the company. She was appointed the company’s first marketing manager a year later.
She has been employed with Google for about 25 years and was ranked 16th out of the original 20 employees.
Ms. Wojcicki has faced criticism from the public during her tenure at YouTube for the way the platform handles content moderation, the spread of misleading information, and ongoing privacy issues involving children.
According to a number of fact-checking organisations, YouTube is not doing enough to curtail the dissemination of incorrect information on the network.
When she began utilising the internet video platform in 2014, it had recently exceeded one billion users. There are currently 2.5 billion users on it, and many YouTube producers, often known as YouTubers, have established lucrative businesses centred around their own channels.
Jimmy Donaldson, better known by his stage name Mr Beast, was the highest-paid content creator on YouTube in 2017.
The young American made £45 million ($54 million) in gross revenue in 2022, more than any other YouTube creator in the platform’s history, according to recent projections from Forbes magazine.
The most well-known tech executive to leave long-standing jobs in recent memory is Ms. Wojcicki.
Sheryl Sandberg, who left Facebook in 2022, Jeff Bezos, who resigned as CEO of Amazon in 2021, and Parag Agrawal, who left Twitter last year as part of a shake-up sparked by new CEO Elon Musk, are the previous resignations.