Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, arguably the most necessary individual at the company after Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, is leaving the company, Zuckerberg introduced on Thursday.
Cox’s departure comes as Fb is making ready its purported pivot to a privacy-focused social community, and simply at some point after the New York Instances reported a felony investigation into Fb’s data-sharing agreements with greater than 150 corporations.
Chris Daniels, who was heading up WhatsApp, can also be leaving.
“We’re turning a brand new web page in our product course, centered on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging community. It’s a product imaginative and prescient attuned to the material of at this time: a contemporary communications platform that balances expression, security, safety, and privateness. This might be a giant undertaking and we are going to want leaders who’re excited to see the new course via” Cox wrote in a Fb put up Thursday.
The departures are simply the newest in a string of high-profile exits from Fb in the previous a number of months, and imply the company’s management crew will bear a big reshuffling.
In keeping with Zuckerberg’s put up, WhatsApp will get a brand new chief in Will Cathcart, who has till now been the head of the important Fb app. Fidji Simo, who had been a product boss for video, promoting, and information, will take over Cathcart’s function.
Cathcart and Simo, alongside with the heads of Messenger and Instagram, will report on to Zuckerberg (that they had beforehand been underneath 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 intently collectively to construct our merchandise for greater than a decade and I’ll all the time respect his deep empathy for the folks utilizing our providers and the uplifting spirit he brings to the whole lot he does. He has performed so many central roles at Fb beginning as an engineer on our unique Information Feed, constructing our first HR groups and serving to to outline our mission and values, main our product and design groups, working the Fb app, and most lately overseeing the technique for our household of apps.
Alongside the approach, Chris has helped practice many nice leaders who at the moment are in necessary roles throughout the company 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 via the turmoil it has skilled since 2016.