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Disney veteran Kevin Mayer appointed TikTok CEO

Campaign 19 May 2020 08:50

ByteDance announced the appointment of Kevin Mayer, ex-chairman of direct-to-consumer and international at Disney, as chief operating officer, as well as chief executive of TikTok.

Mayer will be responsible for driving the global development of ByteDance, as well as overseeing corporate development, sales, marketing, public affairs, security, moderation and legal.

In his role as chief operating officer at ByteDance, Mayer will lead music, gaming and India social media service Helo. ByteDance said Mayer will report to chief executive Yiming Zhang. 

With Mayer's appointment, the company is bringing in experience with building a global business. "As one of the world's most accomplished entertainment executives, Kevin is incredibly well-placed to take ByteDance's portfolio of products to the next level," Zhang commented.

Alex Zhu, currently president of TikTok, will transition to ByteDance as vice-president of product and strategy.

Kelly Zhang and Lidong Zhang will continue to lead the China business as chief executive and chairman of ByteDance China respectively. They manage ByteDance's short-video apps in that market, as well as the business and operational team.

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