TikTok has announced the recent appointment of Shouzi Chew as its permanent chief executive officer. This comes eight months after its former leader, Kevin Mayer, stepped down three months into the job; after developing threats in the US to ban the app.
The social media outfit’s decision to choose Disney veteran, Mayer, was seemingly misinterpreted as an attempt to win over US lawmakers, due to the legal debacle at the time. Mayer also highlighted the huge shift in “the political environment” as a major reason for his decision.
Chew, who was given the executive position on Friday, previously worked as the chief financial officer of ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese owner. He was also a senior figure at Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi before his move to TikTok.
Prior to his appointment, Vanessa Pappas, served as interim head, but will be reassigned as chief operating officer of the social giants.
ByteDance CEO, Yiming Zhang, also expressed his positive outlook on the Chew-Pappas administrative team in his recent statements.
“The leadership team of Shou and Vanessa sets the stage for sustained growth.
“Shou brings deep knowledge of the company and industry, having led a team that was among our earliest investors, and having worked in the technology sector for a decade. He will add depth to the team, focusing on areas including corporate governance and long-term business initiatives.” He stated.
Shouzi Chew also touched on the recent fallouts of TikTok’s hassle with the US; stating that the company no longer feel it needs a US-based leader.
TikTok is a globally used app, with huge popularity, particularly in the United States currently with an estimate of 100 million users in the country.