2 top Facebook executives depart the company

15 March, 2019, 12:38 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Product officer Chris Cox speaks at the first day of the social media week at the Landmark centre in Lagos Nigeria. Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company including Cox who

Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels are departing amid Facebook's push to rebuild Facebook with stronger privacy in mind.

Cox's departure removes a layer of management, bringing Zuckerberg closer to a family of apps that he wants to make compatible, in what technology analysts expect will be a complicated engineering task. "This place will forever be a part of me". He joined 13 years ago and helped create Facebook's news feed feature. The company announced it's planning to shift its focus towards privacy and protecting users' information, something it has failed to do in recent times.

Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, and it's not clear what they're moving on to do. He also built Facebook's first human resources teams and oversaw the strategy for the apps that Facebook owns, Zuckerberg wrote.

Daniels, who had worked on Facebook initiatives in developing countries, had moved a year ago to WhatsApp, which is more popular than Facebook in many big emerging markets. In a note to employees about Cox's departure, Zuckerberg said Cox had been talking to him for a few years about doing something else but made a decision to stay after 2016 to help improve the social network.

Product officer Chris Cox speaks at the first day of the social media week at the Landmark centre in Lagos Nigeria. Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company including Cox who
Facebook loses two important executives amid new privacy push

While Cox gave no specific reason for his move, he noted that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled a new direction away from being the "digital town square" to focus on smaller-scale, private interactions.

Facebook isn't hiring another executive to replace Cox. "Instead, the leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky), and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our Chief Marketing Officer (Antonio Lucio) will report directly to Sheryl".

Daniels has been at Facebook almost nine years, and previously led the company's Internet.org effort, a project aimed at bringing internet access to developing countries.

However, the latest exits are potentially more troubling, as Mr Cox and Mr Daniels were members of Mr Zuckerberg's tight-knit group of allies. In a memo to employees, Zuckerberg suggested the events were linked. "Facebook Inc.is a massive and evolving company, so it's only natural that in a company that large, not everyone will agree with every strategic change", she said.

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