Kevin Mayer

CEO at TikTok

Kevin Mayer has served as Global CEO of TikTok since June 1 2020. He was also appointed as COO of TikTok's owner, Chinese company ByteDance. He previously served as Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International of Disney where he oversaw the Company’s international business units, multi-platform streaming services, technology, distribution, global content and advertising sales to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. Mr. Mayer’s portfolio includes Disney’s international channel and studio operations and the Company’s direct-to-consumer streaming businesses globally, including the upcoming Disney+ service set to debut in the U.S. in late 2019; ESPN+ which was launched in April 2018; HotStar, the leading over-the-top streaming service in India; and the Company’s majority ownership stake in Hulu. The Company’s program-sales operations—including global distribution of film and TV content to Disney+, Hulu and other third-party platforms, as well as Movies Anywhere—are also part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment. During his tenure at Disney, Mr. Mayer oversaw Disney’s key strategic acquisitions including Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and BAMTECH, as well as the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Mr. Mayer created a team focused on growth opportunities by targeting emerging businesses and evaluating new technology and business models. This included the launch of the Disney Accelerator, which aims to bring together industry-leading entrepreneurs, creatives, mentors, investors and technologists to make an impact on the world of media and technology. Mr. Mayer rejoined Disney in 2005 from L.E.K. Consulting LLC, where he was a partner and head of the Global Media and Entertainment practice. Prior to L.E.K., he held leading positions at interactive and Internet businesses, including chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Interactive, where he managed all aspects of new media business, including content, sales, business and technology development, and distribution. Mr. Mayer first joined Disney in 1993 and spearheaded strategy and business development for all of Disney's Interactive/Internet and television businesses worldwide. Later, he became Executive Vice President of the Internet group, responsible for the operations, business plans, creative direction and distribution of Disney's popular Web sites, including ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. Mr. Mayer received his M.B.A. from Harvard University, and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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