After serving as YouTube CEO for almost nine years, Susan Wojcicki announced on Thursday that she would step down from her role. The announcement of the decision comes just one day after House Judiciary GOP subpoenas Big Tech executives.
She stated that she wanted to focus on her personal life and passions. Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan will take over as the new head of YouTube, while Wojcicki will stay on as an advisor across Google and Alphabet in the long term. Wojcicki praised Mohan, with whom she has worked for over 15 years, for his leadership abilities and role in the company's success.
“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,” she said.
“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,” she wrote.
“The time is right for me, and I feel able to do this because we have an incredible leadership team in place at YouTube,” she noted. “When I joined YouTube nine years ago, one of my first priorities was bringing in an incredible leadership team.”