Neal Mohan, an Indian-American business expert, will take over as YouTube’s next CEO (chief executive officer) from Susan Wojcicki, who formerly worked for Alphabet.
With this promotion, Mohan will join an elite group of Indian-born global tech leaders that includes Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, and Arvind Krishna of IBM.
As chief product officer, the new YouTube CEO had previously worked for Wojcicki. Before to this, he represented the business on a number of talk shows, including the well-liked Lew Later (unbox therapy), where he discussed his upbringing and YouTube’s future objectives.
In her goodbye letter, Wojcicki also praised the newly appointed CEO of YouTube, Mohan, and said that he was instrumental in the rollout of some of the company’s most significant offerings, such as YouTube TV, YouTube Music, Premium, and Shorts. It would be intriguing to see what lays ahead for YouTube in the future after Mohan’s promotion given how popular conversation AI is right now.
10 things to know about Neal Mohan, the incoming CEO of YouTube
1– Mohan has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Management in addition to a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
2- Neal Mohan, an Indian-American CEO, started his career at Accenture, where he worked for around 1.5 years, according to a detailed examination of his LinkedIn profile. He then worked for DoubleClick, which led to his 2007 admission into Google. In time, he was promoted to SVP of Display and Video Advertising.
3- Neal Mohan also had a brief stint as a manager in Microsoft’s corporate strategy division before to joining Google. He is a board member of 23andMe, a genomics and biotechnology startup, as well as Stitch Fix.
4- After Google bought DoubleClick in 2008, Mohan joined the firm. His early responsibilities were restricted to the realm of online and digital advertising. He was already acquainted with YouTube and the team, though, as it was DoubleClick’s main customer.
5- In 2013, Mohan and current Google CEO Sundar Pichai were sought after to oversee the development of new products at Twitter, which was then run by Dick Costolo. David Rosenblatt, a former DoubleClick coworker, gave Mohan his recommendation. According to a TechCrunch article, Google granted the two key product staff equity grants worth up to $150 million in order to keep them on board.
6- In 2015, Mohan was appointed chief product officer of YouTube. “Since then, he has set up a top-notch product and UX team, played key roles in the launch of some of our biggest products, including YouTube TV, YouTube Music and Premium and Shorts, and has managed our Trust and Safety team,” says Wojcicki in her parting letter.
7- He is a pioneer of the TikTok and Instagram Reels competitors, YouTube Shorts. But occasionally he also overlooks the characteristics because of how big YouTube is. According to a Verge article from 2021, Mohan stated in an interview that the business will investigate introducing a playback speed option to the YouTube TV app. The feature actually existed already, as it turned out.
8- Mohan managed the trust and safety team for YouTube in his capacity as a product manager. He was up against musicians who claimed that the site was lax in handling copyright issues.
9- Mohan and Wojcicki will continue to collaborate closely for the time being. The departing Head of YouTube will sit on Alphabet’s board.
10- Mohan also tweeted about Wojcicki’s departure and his new position. He stated in the tweet, “Over the years, working with you has been incredible. You’ve transformed YouTube into a remarkable hub for users and artists. I’m eager to carry out this fantastic and crucial duty. anticipating what comes ahead.”
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