Former Disney executive Ren Byte beats COO and is fully responsible for overseas business such as TT

FormerDisneyexecutiveRenBytebeatsCOOandisfullyresponsibleforoverseasbusinesssuchasTT
OnMay19,ByteDanceannouncedtheappointmentofKevinMayerastheChiefOperatingOfficer(COO)ofByteDanceandTikTokGlobalCEO.ThisappointmentwilltakeeffectonJune1,2020.  KevinMayerwillberesponsibleforTikTok,Helo,music,gamesandotherbusinesses,aswellasbyte-beatingglobalindicatordepartments(excludingChina),includingcorporatedevelopment,sales,marketing,publicaffairs,security,legalaffairs,etc.KevinMayerwillreportdirectlytoZhangYiming,thefounderandCEOofByteDance.  Accordingtotheofficialannouncement,throughthejoiningofKevinMayer,theformerTikTokPresidentAlexZhuwillbetransferredtotheVicePresidentofByteDanceProductsandStrategy,responsibleforthecompany’sstrategyandproductdesign.Nochange,thecurrentpositionofthecurrentheadsofTikTokcountriesandregionsaroundtheworldwillremainthesame,andtheywillcontinuetoconductinternaltransactionsandreporttoKevinMayer.  Thisreleasewillnotaffectbyte-beatingChinesebusiness.ByteDanceChinaChairmanZhangLidongcontinuestobeinchargeofthepositiondepartmentandcommercializationbusinessofByteDanceChinaCEO.ByteDanceChinaCEOZhangNancontinuestoberesponsibleforproductsandbusinessessuchasDouyin,Toutiao,andWatermelonVideo.ThetwostillreporteddirectlytoZhangYiming.  KevinMayerhasworkedatDisneyformanyyears.Hewasthecompany’sseniorexecutivevicepresidentandchiefstrategyofficer,responsibleforcorporatestrategy,businessdevelopmentandotherdepartments,andpromotedDisney’stargetingofPixaranimation,Marvel,Lucasfilm,21TheacquisitionofCenturyFox.DuringhistenureasChairmanofConsumerandInternationalBusiness,KevinMayersuccessfullylaunchedDisney+,astreamingserviceforDisney+,whichexceeded50millionsubscribersworldwide.KevinMayerhasalsobeeninchargeofstreamingservicessuchasHulu,ESPN+andHotstar,aswellasinternationaloperations,globalcontentandadvertisingsalesbusiness,andhasearnedagoodreputationintheindustry.  Atthefrontend,ByteDance’sproductsandbusinesseshaveachievedrapidgrowthintheglobalmarket.InMarchthisyear,ZhangYimingsaidintheletterofallemployeesthatByteDancehassetupofficesinmorethan180citiesin30countriesandhasmorethan60,000employees.InApril,accordingtoBloombergNews,ByteDancestartedglobalrecruitment,opening10,000supplementarypositions,andthecompanywillreach100,000bytheendoftheyear.  InOctober2019,formerWarnerMusicGroupexecutiveOleObermannjoinedByteDanceasmusicdirector.InDecember2019,TheoBertram,aformerseniorGoogleemployee,servedastheDirectorofByteDanceEuropeanGovernmentRelationsandPublicPolicy.InJanuary2020,ErichAndersen,formerchiefintellectualpropertyconsultantofMicrosoftwhohadworkedforMicrosoftfor20years,becamevicepresidentofbytebeating.InApril2020,formerHuluexecutiveNickTranbecameTikTok’sNorthAmericanmarketingdirector.Inthesameperiod,RohanMishra,aformerexecutiveofMasterCard,servedastheheadofByteDanceHeloIndiaMarket.FortheAirForce,HeloalsoattractedChhanditaNambiar,aformerassistantvicepresidentofSony.  Sauna,YeWangBaiJinleieditorSunYongproofreadingLiuJun