Popular social media app Tiktok announced this week that they had named Chew Shou Zi as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Singaporean took over from Kevin Mayer, who left the position last year.
Chew is joining Tiktok at a crucial moment. Currently, Tiktok is reaching new heights of its popularity with about 689 million users worldwide.
However, Chew will have to manage the political tensions between China and the United States who have growing concerns about data privacy on the app which gets its popularity largely from being able to predict what users want to see next using its powerful algorithm.
Considering that Chew is Singaporean, it is natural that there has been a lot of interest as to his background and how he ended up leading one of the most popular social media apps in the world. If you are just as curious about Chew as us, here are four things to know about him.
1. He was from Harvard Business School
In 2008, Chew was admitted into Harvard Business School where he obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA). It was there that he met his wife, Vivian Kao. The pair met over email in 2008 and today, they are married with two children and a dog of their own.
Chew's success has driven him and his wife to give back to the Harvard community significantly. In fact, the pair have helped out at class fundraising efforts and have joined the Harvard Business School alumni board and their fund investors society which recognises leadership donations to the Harvard Business School fund.