Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the following post with employees.
Two of Facebook’s top executives, Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, are leaving Facebook as outlined in a note to company employees by Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive, March 14.
Zuckerberg wrote that the company is building out the privacy-focused social platform and this new vision represents the start of a new chapter for the social-media platform.
“As part of this, I’m sad to share the news that Chris Cox has decided to leave the company,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Chris and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does. He has played so many central roles at Facebook — starting as an engineer on our original News Feed, building our first HR teams and helping to define our mission and values, leading our product and design teams, running the Facebook app, and most recently overseeing the strategy for our family of apps.”
Zuckerberg also wrote that Daniels has also decided to leave the company.
“Chris has also done great work in many roles, including running our business development team, leading Internet.org, which has helped more than 100 million people get access to the internet, and most recently at WhatsApp, where he has helped define the business model for our messaging services going forward,” he wrote.
Zuckerberg wrote that he and Cox discussed Cox’s desire to do something else for the past few years.
“He is one of the most talented people I know and he has the potential to do anything he wants. 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. “At this point, we have made real progress on many issues and we have a clear plan for our apps, centered around making private messaging, stories and groups the foundation of the experience, including enabling encryption and interoperability across our services. As we embark on this next major chapter, Chris has decided now is the time to step back from leading these teams.”
The New York Times reported that Cox’s decision to leave comes after differences in Zuckerberg’s control over his company and its apps — Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — by rolling out a plan to integrate the services into a single privacy-focused platform, according to six people involved in the situation.
“The change is a substantial shift for Facebook, which has traditionally encouraged people to publicly share posts, videos and photos,” The New York Times reported. “Executives at Facebook who had run the various services were concerned that knitting together the apps would take a toll on the popularity and growth of their individual products, said the people, who were not authorized to speak publicly.”
Zuckerberg wrote that while it is sad to lose such great people, this also creates opportunities for more great leaders who are energized about the path ahead to take on new and bigger roles.
“I’m excited that Will Cathcart will be the new head of WhatsApp,” he wrote. “Will is one of the most talented leaders at our company — always focused on solving the most important problems for people and clear-eyed about the challenges and tradeoffs we face.”
Zuckerberg also announced that Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app.
“She is one of our most talented product and organizational leaders — passionate about building community and supporting creativity, and focused on building strong teams and developing future leaders,” he wrote. “She has played key roles in building many aspects of the Facebook app, including leading our work on video and advertising. She believes deeply in helping people get more value out of the networks they’ve built. She has already led this team for much of last year while Will was out on parental leave, and she is the clear person to lead these efforts going forward.”
Zuckerberg wrote that 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.
“This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future,” he wrote. “I’m deeply grateful for everything Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here, and I’m looking forward to working with Will and Fidji in their new roles as well as everyone who will be critical to achieving this vision. We have so much important work ahead and I’m excited to continue working to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”