CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki steps down after nine years

CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, has decided to leave the job after nine years of service towards the platform. She announced it through a blog post that said she wishes to move towards a new chapter and will now focus on family, health, and personal projects. She said she is passionate about them.

Susan will be replaced by the chief product officer of YouTube, Neal Mohan.

It is shared by Miss Wojcicki that this is the right time for her to leave the post. She feels it because YouTube has an incredible leadership team who can continue the work. She would not leave YouTube suddenly; she would be working there for a “short term,” and she will help Neal to go through the transition.

She also mentioned in her blog post all the good works of Mr. Mohan. She praised him for the successful launch of YouTube Tv, leading YouTube Music, YouTube Premium, and the Shorts.

After the Initiation of Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Ms. Wojcicki confirmed to stay with Google and Alphabet and take on an advisor role.

Ms. Wojcicki has been part of Google since its birth in 1998. When the founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, started a workshop in a garage in Silicon Valley, she became the first marketing manager of the company a year later. She has been a Google employee for nearly 25 years and was among the first 20 initial employees of the tech giant Google.

When Susan was leading YouTube, she had to go through a lot of controversies and criticism. She was questioned about the platforms, content moderation and handling, misinformation, and concerns about child privacy.

Different fact-checking organizations have put allegations about YouTube’s pulled-over effort to control the spread of misinformation on the platform.

Susan joined YouTube in 2014 when the platform had just earned a milestone of 1 billion users. Since then, it has grown to host 2.5 billion users worldwide, with many YouTube creators earning and converting their channels into profitable careers.

Jimmy Donaldson, a popular YouTube creator more appropriately known as Mr. Beast, earned the most out of YouTube last year.

Ms. Susan Wojcicki is the latest executive who left a high-profile tech job after long years of service in the platform. Previously the ex-Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos departed from his position and resigned in 2001. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal also stepped down from their power position in 2022.