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After nine years at the helm of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki has decided to retire from her role as CEO effective immediately.
Neal Mohan, who has been the company’s Chief Product Officer for the past seven years, has been chosen by her as the person who will take over the role after she retires.
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She explained her decision to leave her role as YouTube director in a company blog post, saying, “I have decided to step back from my job as YouTube director and start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and projects. personalities that I am passionate about.”
(This link opens a new window) Following this, Wojcicki will serve as a consultant at Google and Alphabet.
— YouTube Creators (@YouTubeCreators) February 16, 2023
Wojcicki praises Mohan’s work leading YouTube Music, Premium, and Shorts in his latest blog post. He also credits Mohan’s contribution to the introduction of YouTube TV, which has been very successful. He also mentions that Mohan has led the company’s Trust and Safety team, which will become even more crucial as “the promises of AI” become a potential area of growth. She refers to this as the “AI promises.”
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It’s the end of an era for YouTube, which has withstood public scrutiny for its treatment of hate speech, content moderation and misinformation during Wojcicki’s tenure as chief executive. Wojcicki will be replaced by Susan Wojcicki.
When it signed up for the service in 2014, YouTube had just passed the 1 billion user mark, and “YouTubers” were still considered curiosities by the general public. YouTube currently has more than 2.5 billion subscribers worldwide and many content creators on the platform have turned their channels into full-fledged businesses.
Wojcicki was an early employee at Google and, in her own words, “managed marketing, co-created Google image search, led Google’s first video and book search, as well as the early parts of creating from AdSense, worked on YouTube and DoubleClick acquisitions, served as SVP of Ads,” before being promoted to her current role as CEO of YouTube Wojcicki is friends with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
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