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Susan Wojcicki is chief executive officer of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by more than a billion people across the globe to access information, share video and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google’s 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Wojcicki now oversees YouTube’s content and business operations, engineering and product development.
Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Wojcicki was senior vice president of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company’s first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Wojcicki began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years, she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms.
Wojcicki graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master’s in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2015, Wojcicki was named to Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.