TikTok Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mayer has resigned just three months after joining the Chinese-owned video app.
Mayer, a former Disney executive, who joined TikTok in May, announced his decision in a letter to employees, saying his decision to leave comes after the “political environment has sharply changed.”
US President, Donald Trump has ordered a ban on TikTok, unless parent company Bytedance sells its US operations to an American company within 90 days over claims that the popular video app presents a national security threat that could share information about users with China’s government.
“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.
“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,” Mayer said in the letter.
Accepting his resignation, TikTok said: “We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward, and fully respect his decision. We thank him for his time at the company and wish him well.”
He will be replaced by U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas on an interim basis, according to TikTok.