YouTube’s product and engineering chief of staff is leaving the online video site to join Google’s search team.
The departure of Satyajeet Salgar reflects a reshaping of YouTube under Susan Wojcicki, the veteran Google advertising executive who took over as head of the site in February.
Salgar helped roll out the site’s live-streaming platform for delivering news and sports — including the 2012 U.S. presidential debates.
In a tweet, Salgar announced he was taking a new role at the company, saying, “After nearly seven years at Google, I guess it was finally time to work on Google search. :-)”
Salgar served as chief of staff under YouTube’s head of product, Shishir Mehrotra, who this spring was moved into an advisory role. The move is not a huge surprise, given Mehrotra was also a candidate to take over YouTube, a job that went to Wojcicki.
Since her appointment, Wojcicki has been working to raise the profile of YouTube’s home-grown stars – building awareness the old-fashioned way, through billboards and TV ads — in the service of bolstering the site’s ad performance.
A Youtube spokesperson confirmed Salgar’s departure. He has had several jobs at Google, including working in commerce and payments and in games.
Update at 3:54 p.m. MondayThis post has been updated to correct Salgar’s title.
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