One of the most well-known women in the IT industry, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, just revealed that she will be leaving her position. Wojcicki outlines her decision to stand down as CEO in a letter to the staff at YouTube, citing the need to prioritise her family, health, and passion projects.
Neal Monhan, a longtime collaborator of Wojcicki’s and her direct report at YouTube since 2015, will take her place. With the acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007, Monhan joined Google for the first time. He eventually advanced to the position of Senior Vice President of Display and Video Ads. In 2015, he was appointed Chief Product Officer of YouTube and has since been in charge of the Trust and Safety team.
Susan won’t be leaving YouTube just yet. Her letter explains that she will be supporting Monhan through the transition and will continue to work with YouTube teams, coaching team members, and will meet with creators. Over the long term, Wojcicki “agreed with Sundar to take on an advisory role across Google and Alphabet” where she will offer guidance and counseling across Google’s businesses.
To help Page and Brin launch Google, Susan Wojcicki let them use her garage as a workspace; a year later, she joined the company as an employee.