After less than three months of his appointment, TikTok’s CEO Resigns from leading the company amidst arising controversies.
The Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mayer left the company today as controversies surrounding its ban from the US increase.
This is happening days after TikTok sued the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, over the order to ban operations of the company within the United States of America.
Tik Tok has been involved in a legal rift with the US Government due to its association with China and the security concerns of the US Government.
After reaching out to the Parent Company, ByteDance, They said TikTok’s CEO will be replaced by U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas on an interim basis.
Kevin Mayer was Walt Disney Co’s top streaming executive before he joined TikTok on June 1st, 2020. His previous appointment is the Chief Operating Officer of TikTok before his appointment as TikTok’s CEO.
In his resignation letter, TikTok’s CEO stated that his reason for resigning saying;
“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.”
The Parent Company of TikTok, ByteDance had also had something to say about TikTok’s CEO Resignation.
Its founder and CEO Zhang Yiming said that they were “moving quickly to find resolutions to the issues that we face globally, particularly in the U.S. and India”.
He further stated that TikTok’s CEO joined the company at a period where they were “entering arguably their most challenging moment.”
Also, “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.