YouTube Boss To Deliver Johns Hopkins Commencement Address

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March 25, 2014
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Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, will address graduates of Johns Hopkins University at commencement on May 22, 2014.

Named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of Vanity Fair’s 50 “leading innovators [that] shake the foundations of their industries,” Wojcicki became head of the video-sharing powerhouse earlier this year.

“Susan Wojcicki has helped to revolutionize how we gather, interpret, and share information,” said university president Ronald J. Daniels. “I cannot imagine a better speaker for a class of graduates who were not only raised in an entirely digital age – and who may have learned to Google at the same time they learned to read – but who are imbued with the type of restless, entrepreneurial energy that has always marked our speaker’s career.”

Wojcicki had served as senior vice president of advertising and commerce at Google, a company founded in her family’s Menlo Park, Calif., garage. She led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms, helping the company become a $43.7 billion business responsible for more than 40 percent of total digital ad revenue in the United States.

At Google, she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics.

She joined Google in 1999 as the company’s first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products including Google Images and Google Books. Before Google, Wojcicki worked at Intel, Bain & Company, and a number of start-ups.

An early champion of online video, Wojcicki now oversees YouTube’s content, business operations, engineering, and product development. YouTube is the world’s most popular digital video platform, used by a billion people across the globe.

“Hopkins’ graduates are heading into an age of unprecedented innovation and I’m thrilled to address them at such a crucial point in their lives,” Wojcicki said. “With one of the best Harlem Shake videos around, it’s clear they have the creativity, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit to lead in a rapidly changing world.”

She graduated from Harvard University with honors in 1990. She received a Master’s in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Business Administration from UCLA.

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