Chad Hurley resigns YouTube CEO title

October 28, 2010: 10:20 PM ET

The co-founder of YouTube says he has been in an  advisory role for two years.

After his $334 million windfall for the sale of YouTube to Google (GOOG) in 2006, co-founder Chad Hurly became the CEO of the new Google video sharing unit.  However, he revealed today that he hasn't been running the day-to-day operations for at least two years.

At a fireside chat at the Founders event in Dublin, Ireland, Hurley said that he was officially stepping down from the CEO role to a more advisory role within the company.

In a statement released by Google tonight which would seemingly attempt to put people's mind at ease on the transition, Hurley says:

"For the past two years, I've taken on more of an advisory role at YouTube as Salar Kamangar has led the company's day-to-day operations. I will continue to serve in an advisory capacity and am excited to witness the next phase of YouTube's growth."

But has Kamangar really been running YouTube behind the scenes for two years?

Salar Kamangar's Google profile is shown below, strangely with little reference to the YouTube leadership role with which he is now tasked with running.  He's also one of Google's youngest vice presidents at 33 and its 13th employee, having joined in 1999 after graduating from Stanford.

Perhaps Google hasn't updated it in the past two years.

Salar Kamangar from Google.com

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