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Who is Neal Mohan, the Indian-American set to head YouTube

CEO Susan Wojcicki on Thursday stepped down from her role

Neal Mohan Neal Mohan, the new YouTube CEO | Twitter

With Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO and one of the first Google employees stepping down, Neal Mohan, an Indian-American, is set to head the Alphabet owned YouTube.

Neal Mohan, senior advertising and product executive joined Google in 2008.

A Stanford graduate, 49-year-old Neal was appointed the YouTube's chief product officer in 2015.

Neal Mohan started his career at Accenture in 1996, he then joined a startup called NetGravity which was subsequently acquired by online advertising firm DoubleClick.

Later in 2007, DoubleClick was bought by Google. Neal Mohan played a key role in advancing Google's advertising products, including Adwords, AdSense, and DoubleClick.

Neal Mohan had also had a stint with Microsoft where he was the manager of corporate strategy.

He also sits on the board of American personal styling service Stitch Fix and Biotech company 23andMe. Neal is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent US think tank.

He studied four year Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He went on to enrol in the university's Graduate School of Business for an MBA in the early 2000s.

According to Fast Company, Mohan played a role in overseeing and launching YouTube's other biggest products since he became chief product officer in 2015.

He was also reportedly offered a Chief Product Officer position at Twitter.

Mohan who is of Indian orgin is among other CEOs who are leading other global tech giants, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Wojcicki said that she will focus on "family, health, and personal projects", and plans to take on an advisory role at Alphabet. Earlier, she was the senior vice president for ad products at Google and later became the CEO of YouTube in 2014.

(With agency inputs)


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