TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quits, cites changes in political dynamics

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Published: August 27,2020 04:25 PM
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August 27, 2020: TikTok Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mayer has left the company, less than three months after he joined the hit short video app.

August 27, 2020: TikTok Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mayer has left the company, less than three months after he joined the hit short video app.





His resignation comes days after the popular short-form video-sharing app and one of its employees separately sued US President Donald Trump's administration over his executive order banning transactions in the US, calling it a pretext to fuel anti-China rhetoric as he seeks re-election.



In a letter to staff, the TikTok CEO said: "It is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to leave the company."



"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 the letter.





TikTok General Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace Kevin Mayer on an interim basis.



Mayer was Walt Disney Co's top streaming executive before he joined TikTok on June 1. He was also appointed as chief operating officer of TikTok's Chinese parent, ByteDance at the time.



TikTok, in an emailed statement, confirmed the departure and said that the political dynamics of the last few months had "significantly changed" the scope of Mayer's role.



ByteDance's founder and CEO Zhang Yiming said in a separate letter that the company was "moving quickly to find resolutions to the issues that we face globally, particularly in the U.S. and India."



He said Mayer had joined the firm just as it was "entering arguably our most challenging moment."





"It is never easy to come into a leadership position in a company moving as quickly as we are, and the circumstances following his arrival made it all the more complex," Zhang said.