Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the company’s chief product officer Chris Cox is leaving. Also leaving is WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels. With these executive departures, Will Cathcart, who previously led the Facebook app will now oversee WhatsApp, and Fidji Simo will move from her role overseeing Facebook’s video product to lead the Facebook app.
Why you should care
The departure of two top-level executives at Facebook further underscores the company is undergoing major, tumultuous changes in the wake of two straight years of numerous privacy, data, measurement and disinformation scandals. Whether the executive departures are connected to Facebook’s decision shift focus from public sharing to messaging as it works to connect the back ends of its messaging services is unknown.
In the announcement, Zuckerberg said Cox, who has been with Facebook since 2005, had discussed his exit with Zuckerberg for a few years now.
“He [Cox] 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