Kevin A. Mayer, born in 1962, is an American businessman and was the CEO of TikTok and COO of its parent company ByteDance. On August 26, 2020, Mayer resigned as the CEO of TikTok due to some pressing concerns from the Trump administration.
Before this, Mayer was also the Chairman of the Direct-to-Consumer & International division of the Walt Disney Company. Moreover, Kevin was also the senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Disney where he managed their acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox.
Quick Facts and Information on Kevin Arning Mayer
|Full Name / Real Name||Kevin Arning Mayer|
|Birthday / Date of Birth||7th May 1962|
|Born Country||The United States Of America|
|Profession||Former CEO of TikTok|
|Education (High School / College / University)||San Diego State University|
|Wife / Husband||Lisa Arning Mayer|
|Children (Son, Daughter)||Not Disclosed|
|Net Worth & Salary||$16 million|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
Kevin Mayer Age / Birthday / Family
Kevin Mayer was born in the United States of America in 1962. Currently, he is 58 years of age. Kevin has kept his personal life very secretive, leaving little to no information about his parents, family, and siblings. But what we do know about his family is that; Kevin’s mother served on a county appeals board, back in time, and his father was a labor lawyer. Also, Kevin’s sibling, his brother, Michael Mayer, is a Tony Award-winning theater director.
All, we know is that Mayer grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and worked as a movie theater usher in his high school, Charles W. Woodward High.
As for his educational history, Kevin Mayer attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Furthermore, he pursued higher education and received a Master of Science degree from San Diego State University. Not only that, but Kevin also earned an MBA degree, later on in his life, from Harvard Business School.
Kevin Mayer’s Career
Kevin Mayer started his career in 1993 as a strategy handler and business developer for Walt Disney’s Interactive/Internet and television businesses worldwide. Later, Kevin received a promotion to the post of vice president in the Disney Internet group.
After 7 years, in 2000, Kevin received another boost to his career when he was named the Chief Executive Officer of Playboy.com. However, later that year Mayer quit Playboy and was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Interactive.
Mayer later joined L.E.K. Consulting as a partner and head of the global media and entertainment practice in 2002. Mayers then rejoined The Walt Disney Company as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Technology in June 2005.
After Mayer reunited with Disney, he took part in purchasing Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Club Penguin, and Maker Studios on behalf of Disney. Mayer has had quite a high profile career, in contrast to his secretive personal life.
Kevin Mayer And TikTok
Kevin Mayer joined TikTok to be the CEO in May 2020. He resigned from Disney and took on the role of CEO. Now, in August, Kevin has resigned and left the TikTok company to Vanessa Pappas, General Manager of TikTok US, who is now the interim global head of TikTok. Kevin spoke about his resignation by saying;
“In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for. Against this backdrop, and as we expect to reach a resolution very soon, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to leave the company.”
Mr. Mayer’s hiring was part of an effort by TikTok to bring on more American executives. TikTok also hired more employees in Los Angeles, New York, and more than a dozen other places in the United States. The company has said it planned to add over 10,000 new jobs in the US.
Kevin Mayer Wife / Married Life / Children
Mr. Mayer is married to Lisa Arning Mayer who is an actress best known for her portrayal in Hollywood Homicide (2003), The Medicine Show (2001), and CSI: Miami (2002).
Kevin Mayer got married to his beautiful wife on the 17th of May in the year 2003, which means they have completed 17 years of marital companionship by 2020.
Born on February 4, Lisa hails from Los Angeles, California, United States. Meanwhile, there isn’t more information available on the couple’s married life as Kevin and his wife have kept a very low profile.
Also, they haven’t shared any details regarding their parenthood. So, for now, it isn’t known if the couple has already started a family or they are yet to welcome kids into their life.
Kevin Mayer Net Worth And Salary
Typically, a CEO earns about $1 million annually. However, Kevin Mayer has only worked for big companies, making his salary over $1 million annually. Kevin owns over 2,000 shares in the Walt Disney Company.
However, reports say that he has sold Disney stock worth over $7 million. Overall, it can be estimated that through his years of working as a CEO for multiple companies and owning so many shares, Kevin Mayer’s estimated net worth is around $16 million.