The company announced on Friday that it had appointed Shouzi Chew as CEO. He joined the company earlier this year as CFO of ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok. He had previously been a senior executive at Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“Shou brings in-depth knowledge of the business and industry, having led a team that were among our early investors and having worked in the tech industry for a decade. He will add depth to the team, by focusing on areas such as corporate governance and forward business initiatives. “
Chew is based in his hometown of Singapore, which suggests the company no longer thinks it needs a US-based leader.
Pappas told CNN Business in a statement earlier this year that she was focusing on the user experience of the app – and simply “reminding people that we have a way forward.”
In recent months, the company has remained largely out of the spotlight, with little action since US President Joe Biden took office.
The main concern among policymakers last year was that ByteDance could be forced to turn TikTok’s data on U.S. users over to the Chinese government, under the country’s national security laws.
TikTok, for its part, said it stores US user data on US-based servers, with a backup in Singapore, and its data is not subject to Chinese law. But skeptics say TikTok’s parent ByteDance is ultimately a Chinese company that is still beholden to Beijing.
TikTok declined to comment on the Biden administration’s request in February, but did not oppose the government’s motion, according to a court file.
– Brian Fung contributed to this report.