Meet Indo-American Neal Mohan, New CEO of YouTube
© AFP 2023 STEFANI REYNOLDSNeal Mohan, chief product officer for YouTube, speaks during a US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing regarding social media's impact on homeland security on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 14, 2022.
© AFP 2023 STEFANI REYNOLDS
On Thursday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced she was stepping down from her role and would be succeeded by Indo-American Neal Mohan. She has led the audio-video site since 2014.
47-year-old Neal Mohan, who has been serving as the chief product officer for Youtube since 2015, has been appointed the new CEO of the world's largest video site.
Stepping down as the CEO, Susan Wojcicki in a letter to employees stated: "When I joined YouTube nine years ago, one of my first priorities was bringing in an incredible leadership team. Neal Mohan was one of those leaders, and he'll be the SVP and new head of YouTube."
Mohan has been working with Google since 2008.
Interesting Facts About Neal Mohan
Mohan is an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2003-2005) and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Stanford University.
After joining Accenture in 1996, he joined a startup called NetGravity which was later acquired by Internet advertising firm DoubleClick in 2002.
He later joined DoubleClick after completing his MBA. In 2007, DoubleClick was acquired by Google.
Mohan, who by that time was known for his expertise in digital advertising, was responsible to Google for its advertising product offerings on YouTube, the Google Display Network, AdSense, AdMob, and the DoubleClick ad tech products, from 2008 to 2015.
In 2015, Susan Wojcicki picked Mohan as her team's chief product officer. He played a crucial role in launching Youtube's subscription service, music streaming service, kids-oriented app, live television streaming service, and short-form video service. He also led YouTube's trust and safety team, that oversees the creation and enforcement of platform policies and community guidelines governing the content available on the platform.
In 2011, the microblogging platform Twitter invited Mohan to lead their product team. However, Google allegedly paid $100 million to Mohan to retain him. According to Tech Crunch, the $100 million was paid in the form of stock and made contingent on him staying at Google for a certain period of time.