Google’s Susan Wojcicki Takes Over Leadership of YouTube Unit

Google Inc. Senior Vice President Susan Wojcicki, one of the search engine’s first employees, will take over leadership of the company’s YouTube unit.

Wojcicki, the executive in charge of advertising products, will replace Salar Kamangar, who is taking an unspecified position within the company, said a person familiar with the moves, who asked not to be identified because the role hasn’t been announced. Wojcicki assumed more duties last year in commerce amid an executive shake-up at the Mountain View, California-based company.

“Like Salar, Susan has a healthy disregard for the impossible and is excited about improving YouTube in ways that people will love,” Chief Executive Officer Larry Page wrote today in an e-mailed statement.

YouTube, which has more than 1 billion users, is adding content to woo viewers and advertisers. In addition to all of its free content, YouTube offers a video-rental service with titles from Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Co.

YouTube, acquired by Google in 2006, generated $5.6 billion in gross advertising sales in 2013, according to EMarketer Inc. After paying back advertising partners and content creators, the company had $1.96 billion in ad revenue, up 66 percent from the prior year.

Wojcicki is famous for having provided the initial workspace for Google co-founders Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 at her house in Menlo Park, California.

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