Susan Wojcicki To Head YouTube [Report]By: Chris Crum - February 5, 2014
Google SVP of advertising Susan Wojcicki is reportedly taking over leadership at YouTube.
The Information reported that the company is likely to make this move, based on comments from two people briefed on the discussions. Re/code has since weighed in with its own sources, saying that she will indeed lead YouTube.
Wojcicki is one of the company’s earliest employees. In fact, she was the sixteenth one. The company was actually run out of her garage in Menlo Park in its early days.
She’ll reportedly replace Salar Kamangar (an even earlier Google employee) at the YouTube helm as he moves to a different role at the company. He’s been running things since co-founder Chad Hurley left back in 2010.
The change in leadership comes as Google announced it is making new efforts in cracking down on fake YouTube views. More on that here.
Wojcicki, as you may know is the sister of Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23&Me, and wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Update: Google has apparently confirmed the news that Susan Wojcicki is the new SVP of YouTube. Re/code shares a statement from CEO Larry Page:
“Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing. YouTube is a billion person global community curating videos for every possibility. Anyone uploading their creative content can reach the whole world and even make money. Like Salar, Susan has a healthy disregard for the impossible and is excited about improving YouTube in ways that people will love.”
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