Top YouTube Operations Exec, Tom Pickett, Leaves Company

/ Sep 29, 2014

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Another major YouTube executive is leaving the company.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Tom Pickett, who for the past couple of years has served as Google’s vice president of YouTube content, is departing to take a chief executive position at an unspecified company.

Confirming the news in a statement to the WSJ, YouTube said: “Tom has played an important role over the last seven years growing YouTube’s operations and content partnership organizations… The strong team he has helped build will continue to focus on making our partners has successful as possible.”

As VP of content, Pickett was in charge of scaling the video site’s content operations across the globe. Specific responsibilities included business development and strategic partner management for the entertainment and music verticals, as well as oversight of the site’s partner operations, partner product solutions, Next Lab/YouTube Spaces, and policy issues including copyright and enforcement.

His exit is the latest in what appears to be steady stream of high-profile exits from YouTube. Adam Smith, director of global content and platforms, and Dror Shimshowitz, a product executive, left to join Google Fiber, according to the WSJ. This is after Salar Kamangar was replaced by Susan Wojcicki as YouTube’s CEO earlier this year (he’s still with Google), and the subsequent departures of product head Shishir Mehrotra and Shiva Rajaraman.

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