On Thursday, February 16, 2023, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube and one of Google’s early employees, announced stepping down from her role from global online video sharing and social media platform.
Wojcicki, one of the most well-known women in tech, announced that she will focus on “family, health, and personal projects” at the age of 54.
According to reports, Wojcicki informed the YouTube employees of her resignation in a memo. “The time is right for me, and I feel able to do this because we have an incredible leadership team in place at YouTube,” according to Wojcicki. In 2014, she was appointed CEO of YouTube from her prior position as senior vice president for advertising products at Google.
Today, after nearly 25 years at @Google, I’m stepping back to start a new chapter. I’m inspired every day by creators around the world who bring people together on @YouTube. It’s been an honor to have a front row seat to this incredible community. https://t.co/063sYalPzX— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) February 16, 2023
Neal Mohan will replace Susan Wojcicki as YouTube’s CEO
In addition to announcing her departure, Susan Wojcicki revealed that Neal Mohan will be taking over her position as the new head of YouTube. Mohan will be stepping in as SVP to lead the platform going forward.
Mohan has served as YouTube’s Chief Product Officer and helped launch some of the platform’s biggest features like YouTube TV, YouTube Music, YouTube Premium, and YouTube shorts, on top of leading its Trust and Safety Team.
Thank you, @SusanWojcicki. It’s been amazing to work with you over the years. You’ve built YouTube into an extraordinary home for creators and viewers. I’m excited to continue this awesome and important mission. Looking forward to what lies ahead… https://t.co/Rg5jXv1NGb— Neal Mohan (@nealmohan) February 16, 2023