TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Resigns Days After Suing Trump Administration

Mayer, who was also chief operating officer of ByteDance, was in the job for less than three months.

TikTok Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mayer has left the company, an internal memo revealed on Thursday. The embattled company's U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace him on an interim basis, Reuters reported. Mayer was in the job for less than three months. Mayer was Walt Disney Co's top streaming executive before he joined TikTok on June 1.

A few days ago TikTok sued the Trump administration over an executive order banning transactions in the United States with the popular short-form video-sharing app.


"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," said Mayer, who had also been appointed as chief operating officer of TikTok's Chinese parent, ByteDance.

"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," he added.

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TikTok, in an emailed statement, confirmed the departure and said that the political dynamics of the last few months had "significantly changed" the scope of Mayer's role.

ByteDance's 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 U.S. and India."

He said Mayer had joined the firm just as it was "entering arguably our most challenging moment."

"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.

(With Agency Inputs)