Owner of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the chief product officer “Chris cox” is leaving the company, Cox is said to be the most important person after Mark zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg
It was said that Facebook is preparing to take the next step by pivoting to a privacy focused social network . New York times gave a report about a criminal investigation to Facebook’s data sharing with more than 100 companies
It seems Chris cox is not the only one leaving, Chris Daniels who was heading up WhatsApp is leaving too
“We are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network. It’s a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy. This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through” Cox wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.
The Facebook company’s leadership team will undergo a significant reshuffling due to the departure of Chris cox and Chris Daniels
WhatsApp will also be getting a new leader “Will Cathcart” who has been the head of the main Facebook app. Cathcart’s role will be taken over by Fidji Simo, the product boss for video,advertising and news and they will be reporting directly to Zuckerberg, the head of messenger and WhatsApp will also be reporting directly to Zuckerberg.
Cox has worked with Facebook for 13 years and took on different roles and acted ad key aide to Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg described Cox’s tenure
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.
Along the way, Chris has helped train many great leaders who are now in important roles across the company including some who will now take on bigger roles in our new product efforts.
Cox has been talking about starting something for years “Zuckerberg said but stayed to put Facebook through the turmoil it experienced since 2016