YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is stepping down from her position after 9 years main the Google-owned firm, the manager mentioned on Thursday.
In a message to workers, Wojcicki mentioned she was leaving to “begin a brand new chapter targeted on my household, well being, and private tasks I’m captivated with.”
Learn Wojcicki’s be aware to workers under.
Twenty-five years in the past I made the choice to affix a few Stanford graduate college students who have been constructing a brand new search engine. Their names have been Larry and Sergey. I noticed the potential of what they have been constructing, which was extremely thrilling, and though the corporate had only some customers and no income, I made a decision to affix the workforce.
It might be probably the greatest selections of my life.
Through the years, I’ve worn many hats and accomplished so many issues: managed advertising and marketing, co-created Google Picture Search, led Google’s first Video and E book search, in addition to early elements of AdSense’s creation, labored on the YouTube and DoubleClick acquisitions, served as SVP of Adverts, and for the final 9 years, the CEO of YouTube. I took on every problem that got here my manner as a result of it had a mission that benefited so many individuals’s lives world wide: discovering data, telling tales and supporting creators, artists, and small companies. I’m so happy with the whole lot we’ve achieved. It’s been exhilarating, significant, and all-consuming.
Immediately, after almost 25 years right here, I’ve determined to step again from my position as the pinnacle of YouTube and begin a brand new chapter targeted on my household, well being, and private tasks I’m captivated with.
The time is true for me, and I really feel in a position to do that as a result of we’ve an unbelievable management workforce in place at YouTube. Once I joined YouTube 9 years in the past, one in every of my first priorities was bringing in an unbelievable management workforce. Neal Mohan was a type of leaders, and he’ll be the SVP and new head of YouTube. I’ve spent almost 15 years of my profession working with Neal, first when he came to visit to Google with the DoubleClick acquisition in 2007 and as his position grew to develop into SVP of Show and Video Adverts. He grew to become YouTube’s Chief Product Officer in 2015. Since then, he has arrange a top-notch product and UX workforce, performed pivotal roles within the launch of a few of our greatest merchandise, together with YouTube TV, YouTube Music and Premium and Shorts, and has led our Belief and Security workforce, making certain that YouTube lives as much as its duty as a worldwide platform. He has an exquisite sense for our product, our enterprise, our creator and person communities, and our staff. Neal shall be a terrific chief for YouTube.
With all we’re doing throughout Shorts, streaming, and subscriptions, along with the guarantees of AI, YouTube’s most fun alternatives are forward, and Neal is the fitting particular person to steer us.
For all of the YouTubers I’ve had the privilege to work with, you’ve accomplished a lot to make this platform higher through the years. You created the biggest inventive financial system the world has ever seen, enabled fully new types of artwork and storytelling, and supported thousands and thousands of creators and artists to achieve new audiences—all whereas investing in accountable development in order that this sensible group of creators, artists, viewers, and advertisers couldn’t solely co-exist however thrive collectively. Thanks!
As for me, within the brief time period, I plan to help Neal and assist with the transition, which can embrace persevering with to work with some YouTube groups, teaching workforce members, and assembly with creators. In the long term, I’ve agreed with Sundar to tackle an advisory position throughout Google and Alphabet. It will enable me to name on my totally different experiences through the years to supply counsel and steerage throughout Google and the portfolio of Alphabet firms. It’s an extremely essential time for Google—it jogs my memory of the early days—unbelievable product and expertise innovation, large alternatives, and a wholesome disregard for the unattainable.
And past that, I’ll nonetheless be round, so I’ll have an opportunity to thank the 1000’s of individuals from all throughout the corporate and the world who I’ve labored with and discovered from. However for now, I need to thank Sundar for his management, help and imaginative and prescient through the years. I additionally need to thank Larry and Sergey for inviting me on what has actually been the journey of a lifetime. I at all times dreamed of working for an organization with a mission that might change the world for the higher. Because of you and your imaginative and prescient, I obtained the prospect to dwell that dream. It has been an absolute privilege to be part of it, and I’m excited for what’s subsequent.
Thanks for the whole lot,