Fb’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox quits after 13-years with the corporate
Fb’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, arguably crucial individual on the firm after Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, is leaving the corporate, Zuckerberg introduced on Thursday.
Cox’s departure comes as Fb is getting ready its purported pivot to a privacy-focused social community, and simply someday after the New York Instances reported a prison investigation into Fb’s data-sharing agreements with more than 150 corporations.
Chris Daniels, who was heading up WhatsApp, can be leaving.
“We’re turning a brand new web page in our product path, targeted on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging community. It’s a product imaginative and prescient attuned to the subject material of at the moment: a contemporary communications platform that balances expression, security, safety, and privateness. This will likely be an enormous mission and we are going to want leaders who’re excited to see the brand new path by means of” Cox wrote in a Fb submit Thursday.
The departures are simply the newest in a string of high-profile exits from Fb previously a number of months, and imply the corporate’s management group will endure a major reshuffling.
In line with Zuckerberg’s submit, WhatsApp will get a brand new chief in Will Cathcart, who has till now been the top of the principle Fb app. Fidji Simo, who had been a product boss for video, promoting, and information, will take over Cathcart’s function.
Cathcart and Simo, together with the heads of Messenger and Instagram, will report on to Zuckerberg (they’d beforehand been beneath Cox and one other government).
Cox has been at Fb for 13 years; he took on on quite a lot of roles, and acted as a key aide to Zuckerberg. Right here’s how Zuckerberg describes Cox’s tenure:
Chris and I’ve labored carefully collectively to construct our merchandise for more than a decade and I’ll at all times admire his deep empathy for the folks utilizing our providers and the uplifting spirit he brings to every thing he does. He has performed so many central roles at Fb beginning as an engineer on our authentic Information Feed, constructing our first HR groups and serving to to outline our mission and values, main our product and design groups, operating the Fb app, and most lately overseeing the technique for our household of apps.
Alongside the way in which, Chris has helped practice many nice leaders who at the moment are in vital roles throughout the corporate together with some who will now tackle larger roles in our new product efforts.
Zuckerberg says Cox had been speaking about beginning “one thing else” for a number of years, however stayed at Fb to assist information it by means of the turmoil it has skilled since 2016.
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