Mark Zuckerberg’s Presumed Successor Is Leaving Facebook

Galtero Lara
Marcha 15, 2019

Zuckerberg recently announced that Facebook would emphasize user privacy more via encrypted messaging, a significant directional shift from the company's long-time goal of openness and connectedness.

Facebook Inc's chief product officer and one of its earliest employees, Chris Cox, said on Thursday he is leaving the company, just days after Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed a plan to pivot the world's biggest social network to an encryption-focused messaging company.

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.

"It is with great sadness I share with you that after thirteen years, I've chose to leave the company", Cox wrote in his post. Cox, who has been with the company for 13 years, announced his departure in a blog post Thursday without explaining what led to his exit.

Facebook's Chief of Product officer Chris Cox was long one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's top deputies
SUNDAY ALAMBA APFacebook's Chief of Product officer Chris Cox was long one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's top deputies

Cox joined Facebook in 2005 and is largely responsible for the News Feed, one of Facebook's foundational features.

Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, and it's not clear what they're moving on to do. He was named the head of WhatsApp less than a year ago. Daniels will be replaced by Will Cathcart as the head of WhatsApp, however.

Facebook has seen plenty of internal rearranging over the past couple of years, as executives have left the company or moved around it into new roles. And Simo, along with the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, head of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky, and head of WhatsApp Will Cathcart, will report directly to Zuckerberg.

"This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future", Zuckerberg said in the note. "But after 2016, we both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society, and he stayed to help us work through these issues and help us chart a course for our family of apps going forward", Zuckerberg wrote.

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