YouTube’s next chief executive officer (CEO) is an Indian-American, Neal Mohan. He had taken over for Susan Wojcicki, who announced that she was quitting her position as head of the international online video-sharing and social media platform after nine years. In her blog post, Wojcicki, 54, stated that she would concentrate on “family, health, and personal projects I’m passionate about.” In 2014, Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube. Before that, she held the position of senior vice president for ad products at Google.
In an email to YouTube employees, Wojcicki wrote, “Today, after almost 25 years here, I’ve decided to step back from my position as the head of YouTube.”
Who is Neal Mohan? Interesting facts about the new YouTube CEO
1. A Stanford Graduate
Neal Mohan, 49, is a Stanford University graduate with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
2. Started Career With Accenture
Neal Mohan started his career in 1996 at Accenture, which was then Andersen Consulting. He then joined a startup called NetGravity, which DoubleClick bought in 2002.
3. Became Part of Goggle
Google bought DoubleClick in 2007. Neal Mohan was instrumental in developing Google’s advertising products, such as DoubleClick, AdWords, and AdSense.
4. Part of Microsoft
Additionally, Neal Mohan held the position of manager of corporate strategy at Microsoft for a time.
5. Significant Contribution to Google’s Bolstering
To enhance Google’s advertising offerings, Mohan has led the acquisition of Invite Media, Admeld, and Teracent, all of which are strategic startup acquisitions.
6. Youtube Journey Began
In 2015, Mohan was appointed as YouTube’s position of chief product officer. He concentrated on developing YouTube shorts, music, and subscription offerings in the position. He was also reliable for the platform’s products, user experience, and initiatives to build trust and safety.
7. Launched a Variety of Youtube Products
He has been instrumental in launching some of YouTube’s most important products, including its subscription service YouTube Red, which was later renamed YouTube Premium, according to a Moneycontrol.com report. In addition, he played pivotal roles in the launch of some of the biggest products, like YouTube’s live television streaming service, YouTube TV, and its short-form video service, YouTube Shorts, to cater to audiences.
8. Married to Hema Sareen Mohan
According to reports, Neal Mohan is married to Hema Sareen Mohan, who primarily works in the public welfare and non-profit sectors.
9. Denied Twitter Offer
Did you know that Twitter also had an offer for Neal Mohan? However, to keep him, Google – the parent company of YouTube – paid him a bonus of $100 million.
10. His Team
At YouTube, he has set up a top-notch product and UX team. Additionally, he has led the Trust and Safety team. Further, Mohan serves on Stitch Fix’s board of directors.
11. Other Positions
Neal Mohan also serves on the Standford University Graduate School of Business management board and the Council on Foreign Relations.
12. The New Addition To Indian-origin CEOs
Mohan will join the list of Indian- origin CEOs with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, who hail from India, at the helm of US-based global giants. Before leaving PepsiCo in 2018, Indra Nooyi led the company for 12 years.
Mohan said on Twitter that he is looking forward to a new future and is excited to carry on this “awesome and important mission.”
“I’m grateful, @SusanWojcicki. Over the years, working with you has been amazing. You have transformed YouTube into an exceptional platform for creators and viewers. I am excited to carry on this wonderful and significant mission. Looking forward to the future…”