14 Mar Huge modifications at Fb: Chief product officer Chris Cox, WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels depart firm – Advertising Land
Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced on Thursday that the corporate’s chief product officer Chris Cox is leaving. Additionally leaving is WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels. With these govt departures, Will Cathcart, who beforehand led the Fb app will now oversee WhatsApp, and Fidji Simo will transfer from her position overseeing Fb’s video product to steer the Fb app.
Why you need to care
The departure of two top-level executives at Fb additional underscores the corporate is present process main, tumultuous modifications within the wake of two straight years of quite a few privateness, knowledge, measurement and disinformation scandals. Whether or not the chief departures are linked to Fb’s choice shift focus from public sharing to messaging as it really works to attach the again ends of its messaging companies is unknown.
Within the announcement, Zuckerberg mentioned Cox, who has been with Fb since 2005, had mentioned his exit with Zuckerberg for a couple of years now.
“He [Cox] is without doubt one of the most gifted individuals I do know and he has the potential to do something he desires. However after 2016, we each realized we had an excessive amount of essential work to do to enhance our merchandise for society, and he stayed to assist us work by way of these points and assist us chart a course for our household of apps going ahead,” wrote Zuckerberg.
Over the past yr, Fb has seen a gradual stream of executives depart following the Cambridge Analytica knowledge scandal, together with its chief safety officer Alex Stamos, head of communications and public coverage Elliot Schrage, WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum and extra not too long ago, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.
Final Could, Fb underwent a main reorganization that positioned Chris Cox in control of Fb’s household of apps crew and Chris Daniels in control of WhatsApp. Now, lower than a yr out from that reorg, each of those executives are out.
Extra on the information
- Zuckerberg mentioned he doesn’t plan on hiring anybody to fill Chris Cox’s chief product officer position.
- Fidji Simo, Will Cathcart, Adam Mosseri (who oversees Instagram ) and Stan Chudnovsky (who oversees Messenger) will report on to Zuckerberg. Fb’s chief advertising officer Antonio Lucio will report back to Sheryl Sandberg, Fb’s COO.
- Javier Olivan, who has been overseeing all the central product companies for Fb’s household of apps crew, will now be in control of figuring out the place apps needs to be extra built-in.