Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of the popular video site YouTube, is resigning.
After more than nine years in the position, the tech executive—one of Google’s original hires—announced her resignation on Thursday.
In an email to staff members, she stated, “I decided to join a pair of Stanford graduate students who were inventing a new search engine twenty-five years ago.
“Larry and Sergey were their names. Although the company had only a few customers and no money, I opted to join the team because I could see the potential of what they were building, which was tremendously thrilling.
It would be among my best choices ever, she said.
To “start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and personal projects I’m passionate about,” Wojcicki is departing.
Google’s co-founders, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin, leased Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo Park, California, for five months in 1998 and employed her soon after setting up Google’s first office.
Later, the business purchased the house to use as a corporate memorial.
Page and Brin stated in a statement that Susan “holds a unique place in Google history and has made the most remarkable contribution to products used by people everywhere.” “We’re very appreciative of everything she’s done for us over the past 25 years.”
Now YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, will take over as CEO.
According to Wojcicki, YouTube’s most exciting potential is ahead with everything we’re working on regarding Shorts, streaming, and subscriptions, along with what AI has to offer.
She is the most recent tech executive to quit a prominent position. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his resignation in 2021; a year later, Sheryl Sandberg left Facebook; and after Elon Musk acquired Twitter, CEO Parag Agrawal was sacked.