Kevin Mayer’s Departure from TikTok is Par for the Course in 2020

photo of former TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer

100 days on the job. Most new employees are barely out of formalized onboarding in 90 days, let alone quitting their job. But a CEO’s role is different. They are brought in to champion a vision and then bring it to life.

Kevin Mayer was brought in from Disney+ to TikTok to do much the same. To take one of the fastest growing apps of all time and help it scale globally. Then things all changed due to circumstances largely beyond his control. And now he’s announced he’s leaving the company immediately.

After all, we are in 2020. The year where one minute we are planning summer vacation and the next we are quarantined by the CDC in our homes.

The only thing constant it seems this year is fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Was Kevin right or wrong for bailing on TikTok? Was he forced out or was this his decision?

It seems from his statement that he had a goal to be the CEO of a global company, and won’t settle for anything less.

“I understand that the role that I signed up for—including running TikTok globally—will look very different as a result of the US Administration’s action to push for a sell off of the US business. I’ve always been globally focused in my work, and leading a global team that includes TikTok US was a big draw for me.”

That is really the only thing that any of us can do. Know your values. Know your goals. Stand up for yourself. For what you believe in.

Was his decision to bail on the company right or wrong? Only time will tell.