TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has quit the company amid its ongoing disputes with the Trump administration and talk of a sale. Mayer announced his departure in an internal email as reported by the Financial Times.
He indicates in the mail that the impending structural changes at the company are responsible for his decision.
“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. 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,” Mayer said in his letter.
According to the Financial Times report, TikTok general manager, Vanessa Pappas, will take his position in the interim.
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“We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward, and fully respect his decision. We thank him for his time at the company and wish him well,” TikTok said in a statement.
TikTok is facing a ban on its operations in the US after the Trump administration issued an executive order labeling it a security threat. As a result, the only way it can escape the ban is by selling its US interests. Twitter, Netflix, and Oracle are seeking to complete a deal with Microsoft in pole position.
The company recently sued the Trump administration, alleging that its rights were infringed by the order. TikTok said in a statement that it had no choice but to protect the rights of its community and employees.
Mayer only became the CEO of TikTok in May 2020. Before then, he was head of direct-to-consumer content at Disney overseeing the launch of Disney Plus.
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