YouTube Chief Executive Officer Susan Wojcicki has announced that she will be stepping down from the position after nine years. Susan announced her resignation in an official YouTube blog post. YouTube’s Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan will now be taking the lead in the world’s largest online video platform as the senior vice president and new head of YouTube. As per the blog post, Susan has decided to step back from the role as the head of YouTube in order to start a new chapter in her life focused on her family, health, and her personal passion projects.
Susan Wojcicki steps down as Google CEO
Susan Wojcicki, 54, joined YouTube as the CEO in 2014. She’s announced that she will continue working with YouTube teams, coaching members and meeting with creators. Wojcicki revealed that she has agreed with Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai to take on an advisory role across Google and Alphabet in the longer term. Susan stated that this will allow her to call on her different experiences over the years to offer counsel and guidance across Google as a whole and Alphabet’s other companies. While talking about her successor Neal Mohan in her blog post, Susan wrote –
“The time is right for me, and I feel able to do this because we have an incredible leadership team in place at YouTube. When I joined YouTube nine years ago, one of my first priorities was bringing in an incredible leadership team. Neal Mohan was one of those leaders, and he’ll be the SVP and new head of YouTube. I’ve spent nearly 15 years of my career working with Neal, first when he came over to Google with the DoubleClick acquisition in 2007 and as his role grew to become SVP of Display and Video Ads. He became YouTube’s Chief Product Officer in 2015. Since then, he has set up a top-notch product and UX team, played pivotal roles in the launch of some of our biggest products, including YouTube TV, YouTube Music and Premium and Shorts, and has led our Trust and Safety team, ensuring that YouTube lives up to its responsibility as a global platform. He has a wonderful sense for our product, our business, our creator and user communities, and our employees. Neal will be a terrific leader for YouTube.”