YouTube CEO Wojcicki, one of many first Google staff, steps down


(Reuters) -YouTube Chief Government and one of many first Google staff, Susan Wojcicki, is stepping down from her function on the tech large that began in her storage almost 25 years in the past, she mentioned in a private replace on the video-sharing platform on Thursday.

Wojcicki, 54, can be changed by her deputy Neal Mohan, a senior promoting and product government who joined Google in 2008.

The change of guard comes as YouTube’s promoting income fell for the second straight quarter amid intense competitors for viewing time with short-form video companies reminiscent of TikTok and Fb’s Reels, and streaming companies like Netflix.

Mohan, a Stanford graduate, was appointed chief product officer at YouTube in 2015. He targeted on constructing YouTube Shorts, Music and subscription choices within the function.

He beforehand spent almost six years at DoubleClick, an organization Google acquired in 2008, and later served for about eight years as senior vp of show and video promoting at Google.

Some of the distinguished girls in tech, Wojcicki mentioned she’s going to give attention to “household, well being, and private tasks”, and plans to tackle an advisory function at Alphabet.

She was beforehand senior vp for advert merchandise at Google and have become the CEO of YouTube in 2014.

“It strikes me as a pressured exit attributable to YouTube’s under-performance in latest quarters… What’s much less clear is whether or not Mohan, who’s had a comparatively low profile to this point, has the management qualities to get YouTube again on observe,” mentioned Paul Verna, analyst at Insider Intelligence.  

Alphabet shares have been barely modified for the day, down lower than 1% after the information.

(Reporting by Yuvraj Malik and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Modifying by Shailesh Kuber and Arun Koyyur)