Two of Mark Zuckerberg’s most important executives are leaving Facebook, less than a year after he shuffled their roles
Chris Cox, Facebook’s powerful product boss is out. So is Whatsapp boss Chris Daniels.
Days after announcing what he said would be a major change in strategy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making more big moves, by reshuffling his executive team.
Zuckerberg says product head Chris Cox, seen by many people inside Facebook as the company’s second most-powerful executive, is leaving the company. Also out is Chris Daniels, who has been running Facebook’s Whatsapp messaging service.
Zuckerberg described both moves as one his executives made of their own accord. But in a memo announcing the changes, Zuckerberg also said both departures were linked in some way to the company’s decision to “build out the privacy-focused social platform” he described last week.
The moves will reverberate in and outside of Facebook — both because Cox had been a key executive for Zuckerberg for years, and because the move comes less than a year after another re-org, which had given Cox even more power, by having all of Facebook’s key app teams reporting to him.
By many accounts that org structure had frustrated some other key Facebook executives, including Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who announced their departures last fall.
Now Zuckerberg is re-structuring the company again. Instead of filling Cox’s role, he’ll have top people at each of his apps report directly to him. Two other longtime executives are getting promotions as part of the change: Will Cathcart will run Whatsapp, and Fidji Simo, who has led Facebook’s video push in recent years, will be the head of that group.
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