TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has stepped down from his position after joining the company just months ago on June 1st from Disney.
“In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for,” Mayer said in a letter to employees. “Against this backdrop, and as we expect to reach a resolution very soon, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to leave the company.”
“I understand that the role that I signed up for—including running TikTok globally—will look very different as a result of the US Administration’s action to push for a sell off of the US business.”
TikTok, which is the first Chinese-made app to gain serious traction in western markets, has come under fire from the US government, led by U.S. President Donald Trump who has personally threatened to ban the app if it isn’t sold by its Beijing-based owner ByteDance.
“We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward, and fully respect his decision,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement.
Here’s the full memo to employees by ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming acknowledging the resignation of TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, who he hired to lead the app globally in May. Yiming says the company is “moving quickly” to resolve TikTok’s issues in India (where it’s banned) and the US. pic.twitter.com/xPATSOjwxb
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TikTok’s U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas will serve as the interim global head at the company.
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