TikTok, owned by ByteDance: Management team overview
TikTok is a social media platform that has recently taken the industry by storm. The chinese video sharing app is owned by ByteDance, a technology company founded in 2012.
The company merged with “musical.ly” in August 2018 and they have not looked back since then, and the platform now has over 800 million users, 90 percent of which visit TikTok each day, so your content has the potential to reach millions and millions of active users, so why not try and promote your business on there?
In June 2020, the social media site appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mayer, who is also the Chief Operating Officer for the mother company, ByteDance. Previous to joining TikTok, Kevin worked at the Walt Disney Company heading up its direct to consumer and international segment. Mr Mayer thinks that TikTok and Disney have corporate similarities, they both strive to provide meaningful content to those who want it.
Kudzi Chikumbu is the Head of Creator Partnerships at the company, he is in charge of creating partnerships between all of the content creators and brands. Kudzi prides himself on being a “Gen Z” expert and also is an inclusion and diversity advocate. His previous experience at Hulu and Deloitte have set him up in good stead to head up the department.
Eric Han is the Head of Safety at TikTok, his role is integral to the safe running of the platform as we all know that social media platforms always come with a risk of cyberbullying. Whilst TikTok provides entertainment and even a safe space to some creators, Eric is committed to making it a safe space for everyone. He does this by creating safety policies that all users must adhere to. One of the main policies includes the prohibition of any threats to children, as they are probably the most vulnerable users on the application.
Alex Zhu is the Head of Design at Tiktok, he describes himself as a “designtrepreneur”. In 2014, Alex came up with the idea of creating an application for teens where they could both listen to music and create content and this is how Musical.ly was born.
Other team members include:
- Alec Feld - Music Operations
- Isaac Bess - Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
- Austie Montgomery - Brand Partnerships Manager
- Mary Rahmani - Director of Music Content + Artist Relations
- Bianca Bernath - Senior Manager, Global Client Solutions
- Paul Hourican - Head of Music Operations, UK
- Katie Puris - Managing Director, Global Head of Business Marketing
- Seth Melnick - Director of Product and User Operations
ServiceNow pumps millions into EU service compliance
ServiceNow, the digital workflow company, has announced a multimillion euro investment to help EU customers meet compliance requirements.
The legal, technical and organisational safeguards will help companies to comply with the the Schrems II judgment and European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Recommendations issued in June 2021.
ServiceNow’s investment means all EU-hosted data will be exclusively handled within the EU, and the cloud-hosted digital workflow provider claims its solution will come “without impact on current delivery and service”.
ServiceNow upgrade: free of charge
There will be no cost for current customers to opt in to the data compliance solution, even though ServiceNow is investing an unspecified multimillion euro sum and hiring more than 80 new staff across the bloc.
Mark Cockerill, vice president legal, EMEA and global head of privacy at ServiceNow, said: “With any regulation change, cloud services companies have a choice. They can adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach or get proactive and help customers and partners innovate. At ServiceNow we are on the front foot, continually investing in our customers, allowing them to operate with the highest level of choice and control over their EU data.
ServiceNow upgrade: ‘peace of mind’
“Our new EU-centric service delivery model will give our current customers and partners peace of mind. For customers and partners operating in highly regulated industries, or in the public sector, or those that have yet to make the switch to the cloud, this model gives them certainty and simplicity when selecting the cloud service that best suits their needs.”
Carla Arend, lead analyst, cloud in europe for IDC, said, “The Schrems II ruling has led European organizations to revisit their cloud-related data protection policies and processes when it comes to international data transfers through cloud services.
“Contractual, privacy, and security safeguards and the assurance that data will be kept and handled in the EU help European organizations to comply with European data protection laws while taking advantage of global cloud platforms. Vendors, such as ServiceNow, that invest to support their customers in response to this ruling are providing essential choice to their customers.”