YouTube’s top business executive, who helped build the Google division from a startup to a video giant, is leaving the company amid slowing growth and increasing competition from TikTok.
Robert Kinkley is leaving his role as chief business officer at the video platform after more than a decade, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in a memo to employees on Monday.
“Under his leadership, YouTube has forged new relationships and partnerships across music, traditional media and technology, and our creator ecosystem — without him, the word ‘YouTuber’ wouldn’t be a buzzword.” Wojcicki wrote in the memo. We owe a great deal of growth and influence to Robert’s leadership, and I want to celebrate his incredible contributions to YouTube.
51-year-old Kyncl He confirmed his departure on Twitter“He decided to move on to the next challenge,” he said. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to its email address.
Mary Ellen Koe, longtime advertising sales executive at Alphabet GOOGL;
According to the note, Google will replace Kyncl in October.
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