Google said today that Susan Wojcicki, an early employee who has been serving as a senior vice president overseeing advertising and commerce, will now run YouTube. Salar Kamangar, who has run the video service since 2010, will stay at Google working on unspecified "early-stage projects," according to Re/code. As Re/code noted earlier, the move puts a prominent advertising executive at YouTube in the wake of publishers on the service complaining about the difficulties they have making profits on the site.
In a statement sent to The Verge, Google CEO Larry Page was vague on what the change might mean for YouTube. "Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing," Page wrote. "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 is employee No. 16 at Google, and in 1998 she housed the young startup in her garage as it built its search engine. Wojcicki is the sister of 23AndMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, who is also the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. (The couple began living apart last summer.)
Excited to join #YouTube - wonderful team, amazing community & inspiring creators. I look forward to watching a lot more videos during work.— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) February 5, 2014