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OnlyFans Appoints Cannabis Industry Insider as CEO

Amrapali “Ami” Gan, 36, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of OnlyFans, effective December 21, 2021, according to an announcement. Bloomberg first reported the change in leadership, and a representative from OnlyFans—the leading subscription-based adult content creation platform—told Chronic News “we can confirm the appointment of Amrapali Gan as CEO.”

Gan brings first-hand expertise from working in complex industries. She also has the unique opportunity to open a restaurant offering cannabis-infused food. She is the onlyFans CEO, generating a huge buzz within East Asian media cycles. Why? OnlyFans is home to 180 million registered users as of the time of writing—and the company says it pays out more than $5 billion to its two million content creators annually.

Gan began her career in Mumbai as a marketing professional before she joined OnlyFans. She started in 2007 with PepsiCo under its Marketing Leadership Program, and worked with Quest Nutrition as the Head of Brand Communications, and for Red Bull Media House focusing on Activation & Communications. 

Most recently though, Gan worked as VP of Marketing and Communications with Andrea Drummer and others to unveil the historic, first-of-its-kind restaurant, The Original Cannabis Cafe in West Hollywood, California—which was formerly known as Lowell Cafe. The cafe featured CBD, THC or both in every dish, with an emphasis on highlighting cannabis’ benefits for personal wellness. It was the first brick-and-mortar cannabis-infused restaurant, mirroring other cafe projects that claim similar “first” titles. 

OnlyFans Founder Tim Stokely will hand over the reins to Gan, as Stokely prepares “to pursue new endeavors.” He’s ready to shift gears as he steps down from his role.

“Ami has a deep passion for OnlyFans’ business and I’m passing the baton to a friend and colleague who has the vision and drive to help the organisation reach its tremendous potential,” said Stokely. “OnlyFans is still a new company and Ami brings a fresh energy and reflects who we are as a business.”

Gan worked closely with Stokely as the Chief Marketing and Communication Officer at OnlyFans. Stokely was the founder of the company, and Ami takes over. OnlyFans will keep him on as an advisor, assisting with this leadership transition.

Ami Gan is the CEO at OnlyFans. Photo by OnlyFans

“I am proud to assume this role. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our creator community to help them maximize control over, and monetise, their content,” said Gan. “I will be leading an exceptionally talented team at OnlyFans that is delivering a unique experience for our creators and fans. By blending state of the art technology with creative capital, we are committed to being the safest social media platform in the world.”

OnlyFans, a social network that is subscription-based and focuses on mostly adult content, offers a platform. It is open to artists as well as content creators. Creators have the option of making money from the content they share. 

The rapid evolution of social media platforms requires adaptability. OnlyFans declared that all explicit sexual content would be removed from its platform by August due to pressure from banks. However, the bank quickly reversed this decision. Many people used OnlyFans to earn income in the time of pandemic. This included single mothers.

Gan’s new job will be to ensure to promote the company’s growth and drive its vision and commitment specifically to empowering content creators. As a woman of color, she also brings a spark of diversity to OnlyFans’ leadership team.