From Lucknow to USA: Indian-American Neal Mohan’s journey to becoming YouTube CEO

Feb 17, 2023

By: Srishti Magan

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Susan Wojcicki steps down as YouTube CEO

After a nine-year-long stint, Susan Wojcicki, 54, announced that she was stepping down as the CEO of YouTube to focus on “family, health, and personal projects”. She also shared that she’ll take on an advisory role across Google and Alphabet. Wojcicki has been with Google for nearly 25 years.

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Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan to take over

49-year-old Indian-American Neal Mohan, who has been the chief product officer at YouTube since 2015, will take over as the new CEO of YouTube. Here’s a look at his journey:

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From Lucknow to the USA

Originally hailing from Lucknow, Mohan’s father moved to the US after he was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Purdue University. His mother supported the family while his father finished his education.

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Stanford graduate like Google founders

Like Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Mohan is also a Stanford alumnus. He attained a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1996 and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in General Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2005.

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Making his way through Big Tech

Mohan, who was part of the Engineering Honour Society at Stanford, started his professional career with Accenture in 1996 as a senior analyst. He went on to work for online advertising firm DoubleClick and had a short stint at Microsoft as manager of corporate strategy before joining Google in 2008.

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From Google to YouTube

Mohan worked with Google for nearly 8 years as the senior vice president for display and video ads. Among other things, he was responsible for the company’s advertising product offerings on YouTube, the Google Display Network, AdSense, and others. In 2015 he joined YouTube as the chief product officer.

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“Lifting up our creators”

Mohan was a speaker at the 2019 VidCon–an annual convention for fans, creators, and online brands–and said his role as chief product officer was “aimed at lifting up our creators and helping them achieve their dreams.”

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What Wojcicki said about Mohan

Wojcicki has worked with Mohan for 15 years and said, “He has a wonderful sense for our product, our business, our creator and user communities, and our employees. Neal will be a terrific leader for YouTube.”

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A member of multiple company boards

Since 2017, he has been on the board of the consumer genetics and research company 23andMe. He has also served as a director on the board of American tech-based personal styling service Stitch Fix since 2020.

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