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Susan Wojcicki takes over as YouTube CEO

Palo Alto native is moving from a senior executive position at Google to head up YouTube

Susan Wojcicki, a Palo Alto native known for renting her Menlo Park garage out to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin 15 years ago, is leaving her post at Google as senior vice president of advertising and commerce to take over as CEO at YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006.

The move was first reported as likely by The Information, a relatively young technology-focused, subscription-based online publication. Google CEO Larry Page confirmed the report in an emailed statement to the website:

"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."

Wojcicki also confirmed the job switch in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

"Excited to join #YouTube - wonderful team, amazing community & inspiring creators," the tweet reads. "I look forward to watching a lot more videos during work."

She's replacing Salar Kamangar, who is expected to move into another role at Google, The Information reports. Sridhar Ramaswamy, who previously shared Wojcicki's ads and commerce title, will now head the division.

Wojcicki, who grew up on the Stanford University campus while her father taught physics there, convinced Google high-ups in 2006 to purchase YouTube for $1.65 billion. She's known as "employee number 16," joining Google in 1999.

Comments

Posted by Details, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Google CEO Larry Page reports to the Google Board of Directors. YouTube is simply a division of Google, so Susan will still report to Larry, and the correct title for that role is SVP.


Posted by MaryHog, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 6, 2014 at 6:26 am

Wonder how miserable this [portion removed] will make Youtube. They already ruined it by tying it to G+ but I am sure she has more miserable plans.


Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

Details: I'm sure you're correct that in her new role at YouTube, Susan Wojcicki will still report to Larry Page, but the job she's moving into does have the title of CEO.


Posted by member, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I love the critical and knowledgeable feedback - life in the bubble!


Posted by Unaffected?, a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I hope that the imminent divorce of Susan's sister from Sergei Brinn does not affect her relationship with Sergei or Larry.

Larry Page is the majority shareholder so he is the Big Boss. The whole Wojicki family are shareholders, too, however. And surely they are not happy with their son-and-brother-in-law's involvement with his young employee, whom he allegedly now lives with. Wonder how that will affect stock value


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