YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced her departure today in an open letter, leaving YouTube and Google to focus on her family, health and personal projects that she is passionate about.
Susan has been CEO of YouTube for nine years and has been with Google for 25 years.
Before joining Google Susan worked at Intel, and in 1998 Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google in Susan’s garage, paying $1,700 a month in rent.
By 1999 Susan joined Google as its 16th employee, and by 2006 Susan had convinced Sergey Brin and Larry Page to buy the video site YouTube, which Google eventually spent $1.65 billion on, and which has since taken the world by storm.
After leaving YouTube, Susan will be replaced by Neal Mohan, YouTube’s Chief Product Officer, who will remain at YouTube until the transition is complete.