The development comes days after the Trump administration accused the Chinese short video app of threatening national security.
TikTok, in a statement, informed that it’s chief executive officer Kevin Mayer has quit the company. The development comes days after the Trump administration accused the Chinese short video app of threatening national security.
Mr. Mayer informed about his decision to the employees at TikTok and ByteDance, the company that controls the app.
The current general manager of TikTok, Vanessa Pappas, will take his place, the Financial Times reported.
“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,” the company’s spokeswoman said in a statement.
“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 to employees.
“I understand that the role that I signed up for — including running TikTok globally — will look very different as a result of the US administration’s action to push for a sell-off of the US business,” he added.
Kevin Mayer became TikTok’s CEO in May 2020. Before that, he was the streaming head of Disney.