YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that she’s stepping down from her position.
YouTube’s Chief Product Officer, Neal Mohan, will take the lead as the Senior Vice President and new head of YouTube. “Today, after nearly 25 years here, I’ve decided to step back from my role as the head of YouTube and start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and personal projects I’m passionate about,” Wojcicki says in the blog post making the announcement. “The time is right for me, and I feel able to do this because we have an incredible leadership team in place at YouTube.”
Wojcicki says she will continue in an advisory role across Alphabet and Google. “This will allow me to call on my different experiences over the years to offer counsel and guidance across Google and the portfolio of Alphabet companies,” Wojcicki continues.
“When I first 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.”
“With all we’re doing across Shorts, streaming, and subscriptions, together with the promises of AI, YouTube’s most exciting opportunities are ahead, and Neal is the right person to lead us,” she concludes.
Wojcicki says she will help Mohan transition into his new role and will continue working with YouTube teams, coaching team members, and meeting with creators. Wojcicki joined Google in 1999 and advocated for the acquisition of the YouTube platform in 2006–for $1.65 billion dollars.
Wojcicki helped lead YouTube to become the biggest video platform in the world, with more than 2.5 billion monthly active users and 500 hours of content uploaded to the platform every minute in 2022.