Susan Wojcicki, the company’s longtime CEO, resigned on Thursday, and Neal Mohan has been named her replacement (February 16). Wojcicki’s garage was the birthplace of Google (the company that owns YouTube).
Her departure comes at a time when there is growing interest in, and concern about, the potential impact of artificial intelligence chatbots like ChatGPT (now integrated with rival Microsoft’s Bing Search) on the future of online information discovery around the world. Furthermore, YouTube faces stiff competition from short-form video platforms such as TikTok and Instagram Reels.
“It’s been great working with you over the years,” Mohan tweeted to Wojcicki. You’ve done an outstanding job of making YouTube a welcoming environment for both creators and viewers. I can’t wait to continue on this fantastic and vital quest. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.
So, who exactly is this Neal Mohan?
Neal Mohan, a Stanford alum and current YouTube chief product officer, also works on YouTube Music and YouTube Shorts. He began working at Google in 2008. He has worked with Microsoft and currently serves on the boards of directors for the personal styling company Stitch Fix as well as the genomics and biotechnology firm 23andMe. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a powerful US think tank.
The First Steps
Mohan enrolled in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in the early 2000s to pursue an MBA after completing a four-year Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Stanford.
He spent a long time at DoubleClick, an internet advertising firm. He was acquired by the tech behemoth Google in 2007, and he has since risen through the ranks to the position of senior vice president of Display and Video Ads. His knowledge of our company, our creator and user communities, and our employees is exceptional. Wojcicki is confident that Neal will be an outstanding leader at YouTube.
According to Fast Company, Mohan has helped launch and manage some of YouTube’s other most prominent offerings since being promoted to chief product officer in 2015.
“The best analogy that comes to mind for me is really just thinking about YouTube as a stage,” he told Fast Company last year. It is critical to provide fans with “the best views possible of the creators they are most excited about.”
According to a Business Insider report from 2013, Twitter offered him the position of Chief Product Officer, but Google paid him close to $100 million to stay. An ex-boss described him as “rare,” describing him as “an insatiable technologist with enough business savvy” to have strategic conversations with customers.
Mohan, who is from India, joins the ranks of other global tech titans’ CEOs, including Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen, and Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai. Laxman Narasimhan, the soon-to-be CEO of the coffee chain Starbucks, and Raj Subramaniam, the CEO of the world’s largest transportation services company FedEx, are just two examples of recent high-profile CEO appointments from India.
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