Famed As: CEO of Youtube
About: Susan Wojcicki is the new CEO of Youtube since early this year, and even though she is a consummate Google insider, being Google’s 16th employee, she has been called the “The Most Important Googler You’ve Never Heard of” and “The Most Important Person in Advertising.” She was the head of the team that created AdSense, the money-making business that allows websites to profit by displaying Google ads. AdSense accounted for $55.5 billion of Google’s revenue. Her impressive career started with a close relationship with Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin who rented space in her parking garage and then she became Google’s first marketing manager. Wojcicki studied history and literature at Harvard, and she planned to pursue a PhD in economics. However, when she discovered technology, she says that everything changed. She received her master’s in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s in business administration from UCLA. She has four children with husband, Dennis Troper, and she was 12th on Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014.
Quote: “Let’s face it: Engineering companies in general have more men than women. Google has tried really hard to recruit women. On the other hand, we have a standard. Google tries to recruit the best engineers.”
Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya