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Google's YouTube Gets New Chief Variety

In an appointment that demonstrates the importance of YouTube to Google's growth, Variety reports that Google has named Susan Wojcicki, one of the company’s earliest employees, to run the YouTube unit.

Wojcicki, currently senior vice president of ads and commerce, will replace Salar Kamangar, who is senior vice president of YouTube and video. Google didn’t say what role Kamangar is shifting to, although the story notes that he’s expected to lead an early-stage venture at the search company.

In a statement, Google Chief Executive Larry Page said: “Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing. 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."

The article notes, “Wojcicki joined Google in 1999 as the 16th employee, becoming the search engine’s first marketing exec, and founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin initially ran the company out of her garage in Menlo Park, Calif. She cut the company’s first deals to license search technology and led the initial development of Google’s image search.”

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