Susan Wojcicki
Asa Mathat
United States
2019

YouTube, LLC

Susan
Wojcicki

CEO

Under Wojcicki’s watch, YouTube now garners more than 2 billion logged-in users every month. She has spearheaded a diversification of the media kingpin’s business models, which include paid services like YouTube TV and YouTube Music. But while YouTube has become an economic success story, Wojcicki has faced continued criticism for not doing enough to counter hate speech and child exploitation on the service. The company responded in 2019 by implementing a number of changes. Among them are blocking the ability to leave comments on videos featuring children and instituting a ban on supremacist content including history denials, conspiracy theories and specifically neo-Nazi posts. Wojcicki joined Google as employee number 16 and went on to handle the industry-defining $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube in 2006.

Career

  • Google
  • YouTube, LLC
  • Intel Corporation

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • University of California–Santa Cruz (CA, USA)
  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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