Facebook is shedding two of its prime executives, Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who served as the corporate’s chief product officer and the pinnacle of WhatsApp, respectively. The departures come only a week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced plans to reshape the corporate round personal messaging apps and after a 12 months of wide-scale privateness scandals.
Cox has been with Facebook for greater than a decade and presently oversees the corporate’s core suite of apps. The heads of all of Facebook’s most essential groups — Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook itself — all report back to him. He’d been floated as the subsequent CEO, ought to Zuckerberg ever step away. Last 12 months, Recode referred to as him “Facebook’s most important executive not named Mark Zuckerberg.”
Daniels took over WhatsApp final May after WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum left. Prior to that, he’d been working Facebook’s internet.org initiative, which was meant to convey web areas of the world presently with out connectivity. Under his management, WhatsApp added forwarding limits to lower the unfold of misinformation. It additionally added ads to an app that had been based on a promise of by no means exhibiting advertisements.
Zuckerberg didn’t word in his blog post asserting the departures why both govt is leaving. Cox revealed a note of his own that implies that he might not have been pleased with the brand new path Zuckerberg needed to take Facebook in. “This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through,” Cox writes.
WhatsApp will now be led by Will Cathcart, who’s presently accountable for the Facebook app. The Facebook app will now be run by Fidji Simo, who presently leads video.
No one will probably be appointed to exchange Cox. Instead, Zuckerberg says, all the firm’s app leaders will report on to him.
Here’s the textual content of Zuckerberg’s word asserting the change:
A Note From Mark Zuckerberg
Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the next publish with staff.
Hey everybody — I need to share some essential updates as we set up our firm to construct out the privacy-focused social platform I mentioned in my word final week. Embarking on this new imaginative and prescient represents the beginning of a brand new chapter for us.
As a part of this, I’m unhappy to share the information that Chris Cox has determined to depart the corporate. Chris and I’ve labored intently collectively to construct our merchandise for greater 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 part he does. He has performed so many central roles at Facebook — beginning as an engineer on our unique News Feed, constructing our first HR groups and serving to to outline our mission and values, main our product and design groups, working the Facebook app, and most lately overseeing the technique for our household of apps. Along the way in which, Chris has helped practice many nice leaders who are actually in essential roles throughout the corporate — together with some who will now tackle larger roles in our new product efforts.
For a number of years, Chris has been discussing with me his need to do one thing else. He is without doubt one of the most proficient folks I do know and he has the potential to do something he needs. But 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. At this level, now we have made actual progress on many points and now we have a transparent plan for our apps, centered round making personal messaging, tales and teams the inspiration of the expertise, together with enabling encryption and interoperability throughout our providers. As we embark on this subsequent main chapter, Chris has determined now could be the time to step again from main these groups. I’ll actually miss Chris, however principally I’m deeply grateful for every part he has completed to construct this place and serve our neighborhood.
At the identical time, as we embark on this new chapter, Chris Daniels has additionally determined to depart the corporate. Chris has additionally completed nice work in lots of roles, together with working our enterprise improvement staff, main Internet.org, which has helped greater than 100 million folks get entry to the web, and most lately at WhatsApp, the place he has helped outline the enterprise mannequin for our messaging providers going ahead. Chris is without doubt one of the clearest and most principled enterprise thinkers I’ve met and the range of challenges he has helped us navigate is spectacular. I’ve actually loved working with Chris and I’m positive he’ll do nice work at no matter he chooses to tackle subsequent.
While it’s unhappy to lose such nice folks, this additionally creates alternatives for extra nice leaders who’re energized in regards to the path forward to tackle new and greater roles.
I’m excited that Will Cathcart would be the new head of WhatsApp. Will is without doubt one of the most proficient leaders at our firm — at all times targeted on fixing crucial issues for folks and clear-eyed in regards to the challenges and tradeoffs we face. Most lately he has completed a terrific job working the Facebook app, the place he has led our shift to specializing in significant social interactions and has considerably improved the efficiency and reliability of the app. In his profession right here, Will has helped lead our groups targeted on safety and integrity, and he believes deeply in offering end-to-end encryption to everybody on the earth throughout our providers.
I’m additionally excited that Fidji Simo would be the new head of the Facebook app. She is considered one of our most proficient product and organizational leaders — obsessed with constructing neighborhood and supporting creativity, and targeted on constructing robust groups and creating future leaders. She has performed key roles in constructing many features of the Facebook app, together with main our work on video and promoting. She believes deeply in serving to folks get extra worth out of the networks they’ve constructed. She has already led this staff for a lot of final 12 months whereas Will was out on parental depart, and she or he is the clear particular person to guide these efforts going ahead.
Our household of apps technique has been led collectively by Chris Cox and Javier Olivan. Chris managed the leaders of the apps instantly and Javi has been liable for all the central product providers that work throughout our apps, together with security and integrity, analytics, development, and advertisements. Javi will now lead figuring out the place our apps ought to be extra built-in. Javi is an extremely considerate, strategic and analytical chief, and I’m assured this work will proceed to go effectively. Since now we have now selected the fundamental path of our household of apps for the subsequent few years, I don’t plan on instantly appointing anybody to fill Chris’s function within the close to time period. Instead, the leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky), and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report on to me, and our Chief Marketing Officer (Antonio Lucio) will report on to Sheryl.
This is a crucial change as we start the subsequent chapter of our work constructing the privacy-focused social basis for the long run. I’m deeply grateful for every part Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have completed right here, and I’m trying ahead to working with Will and Fidji of their new roles in addition to everybody who will probably be essential to reaching this imaginative and prescient. We have a lot essential work forward and I’m excited to proceed working to provide folks the facility to construct neighborhood and produce the world nearer collectively.