YouTube EMEA Boss Ben McOwen Wilson To Depart

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YouTube EMEA Regional Boss Ben McOwen Wilson is stepping down after more than a decade leading the Google-owned platform across the region.

McOwen Wilson is departing YouTube but staying with Google, as he gets set to lead the Google Play app store in EMEA next week.

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McOwen Wilson delivered the news on Twitter earlier, stating that YouTube EMEA is “burned in my soul.”

“I have helped to launch, lead and grow our business, our creators & our teams across the UK, Africa, Nordics, Benelux, DACH, Russia and, for a while, EMEA-wide,” he added. “YouTube has been the most fun, fulfilling and challenging role of my career.”

Working with creators and producers, the exec has been overseeing activity in these regions for more than a decade, and has been a big contributor to the UK’s TV sector, most recently winning a fellowship from the Royal Television Society.

His replacement has not yet been confirmed.

“For the first time in history a genuinely representative generation of creative talent has built their audience & their careers through their creativity and connection, no gatekeepers,” added McOwen Wilson. “It is those creators that have surprised and challenged us every day.”

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