(Reuters) – TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has left the company, decrease than three months after he joined the hit transient video app, and U.S. primary supervisor Vanessa Pappas will substitute him on an interim basis, based mostly on an inside memo seen by Reuters.
The enchancment comes days after TikTok sued the Trump administration over an authorities order banning transactions inside the United States with the favored short-form video-sharing app.
Mayer was Walt Disney’s prime streaming authorities earlier than he joined TikTok on June 1. He was moreover appointed chief working officer of TikTok’s Chinese guardian, ByteDance, on the time.
“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 acknowledged inside the letter.
“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.”
TikTok, in an emailed assertion, confirmed the departure and acknowledged that the political dynamics of the previous couple of months had “significantly changed” the scope of Mayer’s operate.
ByteDance founder and CEO Zhang Yiming acknowledged 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 acknowledged Mayer had joined the company just because 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 acknowledged.
(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang in Beijing, Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, and Katie Paul in San Francisco, modifying by Anil D’Silva and Christopher Cushing.)