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TikTok's COO Departs After Nearly 5 Years At Company

Updated: Jan 5

TikTok's COO, V Pappas, bids farewell to the platform after five successful years, signaling a shift in company leadership.

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TikTok's Chief Operating Officer, V Pappas, has announced her departure from the popular social media platform after a tenure spanning nearly five years. In a note shared on Twitter and sent to employees on Thursday, Pappas, who prefers she/her and they/them pronouns, expressed her decision to move on and pursue her entrepreneurial passions now that TikTok has achieved significant success.


Acknowledging Pappas's contributions, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew assured employees that she would continue serving as a strategic adviser. Chew expressed gratitude for Pappas's instrumental role in the company's growth, product development, marketing campaigns, and community-building efforts, recognizing the lasting impact she has had on TikTok.


Pappas joined TikTok in 2018 as general manager, quickly assuming the role of interim head in 2020 following the departure of former CEO Kevin Mayer. She later transitioned to the position of Chief Operating Officer in the subsequent year. Throughout her time at the company, Pappas defended TikTok's reputation, testified on Capitol Hill, and participated in media interviews to address concerns about the company's Chinese origins and user data privacy.


TikTok has faced persistent allegations regarding potential data sharing with the Chinese government and the dissemination of propaganda and misinformation. Currently, the company is engaged in negotiations with the Biden administration to outline its data privacy plans. Earlier this year, the administration threatened to ban TikTok if its Chinese owners failed to divest their stakes.


TikTok maintains its stance that it has never received requests from the Chinese government to share U.S. user data and asserts its commitment to safeguarding user privacy.


In addition to Pappas's departure, TikTok CEO Chew announced an organisational shakeup. Zenia Mucha, a seasoned communications executive with nearly two decades of experience at Disney, will assume the role of Chief Brand and Communications Officer, overseeing marketing and public relations. Furthermore, Adam Presser, TikTok's Chief of Staff, will transition into the position of Head of Operations.

 
  • TikTok's Chief Operating Officer, V Pappas, is leaving the company after nearly five years to pursue entrepreneurial interests.

  • TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew acknowledges Pappas's contributions and assures she will continue as a strategic adviser.

  • Pappas joined TikTok in 2018 and held various leadership roles, defending the company's reputation and addressing privacy concerns.

  • TikTok is negotiating data privacy plans with the Biden administration, emphasising its commitment to protecting user data.

  • Zenia Mucha, a former Disney executive, will join TikTok as Chief Brand and Communications Officer.

  • Adam Presser, currently the Chief of Staff, will become the Head of Operations.

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