This year Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity announced they will be awarding the 2013 Media Person of the Year award to YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar. The Media Person of the Year award is given each year to a person who has played an influential role in developing the media landscape and who, ultimately, through their work, has shaped the future of the industry as well. In years past the award has been bestowed upon the Creator, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Twitter Jack Dorsey; Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt; and Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.
“YouTube has become a global phenomenon under Salar’s leadership. But YouTube is more than a formidable communications tool of everyday life. YouTube has become a key way for people throughout the world to share their cultures and stories, helping us understand and connect with one another,” states CEO of Cannes Lions Philip Thomas. “And for businesses, YouTube is enabling the next generation of great channels, similar to how cable systems enabled the emergence of modern TV programming and advertising. In the coming years, YouTube will surely become ever-more important to content-creators and advertisers the world over, and so Cannes Lions is delighted to recognise Salar’s achievements and present him with the Media Person of the Year award.”
After graduating from Stanford in 1998, Kamangar went to work for Google (he was their 9th employee hired) where he ran the companies day-to-day activities. Over the next 12 years working at Google, Kamangar worked his way through the company’s ranks holding the title of Vice President of Google’s Web Applications before he was named YouTube CEO in 2010. Under Kamangar’s leadership, YouTube has grown to over 1 billion unique users per month and 6 billion hours of content being watched from around the world. Kamangar has focused the site redesign and advertising efforts to highlight individual channels and the talented creators behind them.
“Content creators and advertisers alike are building successful YouTube channels that tap into a global community of fans, with more than one million of these channels now earning revenue,” comments Salar Kamangar. “I’m delighted to accept this award not just on behalf of YouTube, but on behalf of the artists and producers across the world whose creativity has established YouTube as the global destination for video.”
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