YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, is stepping down after nearly 10 years of leading the video-sharing platform.
Wojcicki noted that she plans to start a new chapter focused on her family, health, and personal projects she is passionate about.
“Susan has a unique place in Google history and has made the most incredible contribution to products used by people everywhere,” said Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, said in a statement. “We’re so grateful for all she’s done over the last 25 years.”
Wojcicki has been involved with YouTube’s parent company Google from its early days when it operated out of its founders’ garage. Later, she was hired as the 16th employee of Google and played an instrumental role in turning YouTube into a social media giant as the chief executive.
While her tenure was marked with a period of high growth, the platform also came under scrutiny for the spread of hate speech, harmful content, and misinformation.
After her departure from the company, Wojcicki will be succeeded by Neal Mohan, YouTube’s current chief product officer.
“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,” Wojcicki said.
Wojcicki plans to continue working with some YouTube teams and provide advice to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Alphabet’s portfolio of companies.
“I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved,” Wojcicki said. “It’s been exhilarating, meaningful, and all-consuming.”