Susan Wojcicki, a Palo Alto native known for renting her Menlo Park garage out to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin 15 years ago, is leaving her post at Google as senior vice president of advertising and commerce to take over as CEO at YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006.
The move was first reported as likely by The Information, a relatively young technology-focused, subscription-based online publication. Google CEO Larry Page confirmed the report in an emailed statement to the website:
"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."
Ms. Wojcicki also confirmed the job switch in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.
"Excited to join #YouTube - wonderful team, amazing community & inspiring creators," the tweet reads. "I look forward to watching a lot more videos during work."
She's replacing Salar Kamangar, who is expected to move into another role at Google, The Information reports. Sridhar Ramaswamy, who previously shared Ms. Wojcicki's ads and commerce title, will now head the division.
Ms. Wojcicki, who grew up on the Stanford University campus while her father taught physics there, convinced Google high-ups in 2006 to purchase YouTube for $1.65 billion. She's known as "employee number 16," joining Google in 1999.