Google's new head of YouTube will be Susan Wojcicki, formerly a Senior Vice President of Ads and Commerce. She is replacing Salar Kamangar, who will remain with Google to work on other things. CEO Larry Page made the announcement earlier today in an emailed statement.

"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."

Wojcicki was the 19th employee to join Google, having come onboard back in 1999. She is the sister of Anne Wojcicki, who married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in 2007. Wojcicki consistently ranks highly on Forbes Magazine's List of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and for good reason. Despite all the cool things that Google does, it makes the vast majority of its money from ads. Whoever's running that department may not grab all the headlines, but they have their hands in very important places. Sridhar Ramaswamy, who also served with Wokcicki as Senior Vice President of Ads & Commerce, will now be in charge of the entire department.

Via: Re/code

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    How do you spell her second name?

    • HellG

      I think...xD

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS


        • _artem_

          Woy seeskee I guess

          • adammo

            actually more like vooy-cheat-ski more / less

        • _artem_

          Вой цицки, или же вой сиськи, других вариантов нет...

    • Matt

      How do you pronounce it? Proper Polish pronunciation would approximate VOY-CHEATS-KEY (VOY pronounced like "boy" except with a V, the rest pronounced like the words "cheats" and "key" spelled out). Of course, she probably doesn't pronounce it that way.

    • WORPspeed

      W o j c i c k


  • Daniel Traynor

    Good Luck! :-)

  • yahyoh

    lets hope she will add audio playback in background

    • Crispin Swickard

      And fix the terrible buffering issues on the web version...

      • http://www.buttie.pl/ buttie

        In most cases buffering is caused by throttling from your provider. Practice which none of the providers admits to but many of them do.

      • NinoBr0wn

        What issues?

        • Crispin Swickard

          Just its refusal to preload videos more than a few seconds ahead, and slow switching to higher resolutions, and such. It use to do these things, but seems to keep getting worse at it.

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    • Ndatoo

      Youtube now will have fullscreen ads, 20 seconds to skip..

  • Matt

    "Anne Wojcicki, who married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in 2007"

    Also, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe...which is currently in regulation limbo.

  • _artem_

    Sorry but "woj" in Russian is "howl" (sound which wolfs and dogs make while looking at the moon) and "cicki" are tits in Russian...

    • adammo

      Not really. It's not russian name ;) It's polish actually. And "Wojt (wójt in polish)" was and is some kind of president of small village. The rest of name is just an ending :)

    • John Smith

      nice! I just learned some useful Russian. Maybe that'll come in handy for the next pub crawl... "cicki cicki cicki" ... drink pint

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    I hope they make DASH playback an optional setting.

  • LJ

    she was 16th to join Google ;)

  • tdurden64111

    A woman AND a fake last name? That's two strikes.

    • http://elter.se/ Adam

      Sexism is sooo last century.

  • http://about.me/jmcfrancis James Francis

    I hope this new appointment will bring such changes and not just more ways to squeeze money out of it. Youtube is good, but it can't rest on its laurels.

    Youtube really needs a platform for curators, so that other users can make some sense out of what to watch. The current recommendation system is inadequate for the amount of new professional content that is growing on the site. They also need to do something about the serious limitations on mobile devices. It is incredible how many of the things I can watch on my computer are not available for mobile devices.