Industry veteran will lead global legal team as the company expands its compliance and regulatory engagement capabilities

New York – TikTok, the world's leading destination for short-form mobile video with a mission to inspire creativity and bring joy, today announced that veteran technology industry attorney Erich Andersen will join the company as Global General Counsel, reporting to TikTok President Alex Zhu. Andersen joins TikTok from Microsoft, where he spent over 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently serving as Corporate Vice President and Chief IP Counsel. 

Commenting on the hire, Mr. Zhu said, "Today's announcement marks TikTok's latest move in building out our global expertise in key areas such as compliance and IP protection. Erich is uniquely qualified to lead those efforts, building upon the strengths of our current legal team. His deep experience is an excellent asset as we work to further build trust with regulators, policymakers, users and partners."

Mr. Andersen said, "I am delighted to join TikTok at this exciting moment in the company's journey. In just a handful of years, TikTok has become one of the world's most dynamic internet platforms, inspiring creativity and bringing joy to millions of users worldwide. I look forward to tackling the various and ever-evolving issues that TikTok and the entire industry face. Together with Alex and TikTok's broader leadership team, I will work to place this fast-growing company at the forefront of global efforts to promote and balance user and community safety, alongside creative expression."