YouTube CEO steps down

Susan Wojcicki has spent 25 years with the Google team, acting as the CEO of YouTube for the last nine of them.

“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’s personal note to YouTube employees reads.

Neal Mohan, one of the YouTube leaders that Wojcicki brought on board years ago, will become the new head of the video-sharing platform.

“He has a wonderful sense for our product, our business, our creator and user communities, and our employees. Neal will be a terrific leader for YouTube. 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.

Neal Mohan
Neal Mohan. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

In the short term, she will support the new YouTube CEO, continue working with some of the YouTube teams, and meet with creators.

“In the longer term, I’ve agreed with Sundar [Pichai, Google CEO] to take on an advisory role across Google and Alphabet. 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 said.