TikTok chief executive officer Kevin Mayer has quit, the company said in a statement. Mayer informed employees of his decision to quit in an internal memo, a company spokeswoman revealed. Vanessa Pappas, currently the general manager of TikTok, is slated to take his place.
Mayer reportedly said, “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’s resignation comes days after the popular short-form video-sharing app TikTok sued US President Donald Trump’s administration over his executive order banning US transactions.
“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 spokeswoman said in a statement.
Calling it a pretext to fuel anti-China rhetoric as Trump seeks re-election, TikTok sued the US government over the President’s decision to ban the popular short-video sharing app earlier.
After a successful stint as Disney’s CEO, Mayer was appointed the CEO of TikTok in June. He also assumed the role of COO at TikTok’s Parent ByteDance at that time.
Mayer had joined TikTok in a period that Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming has described as “entering arguably our most challenging moment.”, and quits TikTok at a crucial point in its international standing.
Trump previously set a deadline of September 15 for resolving TikTok’s future in the USA. Within that time, the service is expected to offer a resolution to privacy and security allegations concerning its ties to China.
TikTok General Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace Kevin Mayer on an interim basis. ByteDance founder and CEO, Zhang Yiming, said in a separate letter that the company was “moving quickly to find resolutions to the issues that we face globally, particularly in the US and India.”