Published: Пт, Марта 15, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Top Facebook execs stepping down

Top Facebook execs stepping down

Chris Cox, the social network's head of product, and Chris Daniels, who ran the WhatsApp messaging service, have both made a decision to leave Facebook, Mr Zuckerberg announced on Thursday. Less than a year ago, he was put in charge of all of Facebook's apps, including its flagship social media site as well as Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Both men are long-serving Facebook veterans - Cox was one of Facebook's earliest employees, and Daniels has been with the company since 2011 - and trusted lieutenants of Mark Zuckerberg.

He did point out Facebook is "turning a new page" by focusing more on messaging and encryption.

Reversing course, Facebook will not appoint a direct replacement for Cox. Cox didn't offer any explanation for his departure.

Shares of Facebook were down 1.7 percent in extended trading following the announcement. Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who heads messaging app WhatsApp, are departing.

"Embarking on this new vision represents the start of a new chapter for us".

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Cathcart and Simo worked closely to bring video uploading tools and professional video content to Facebook. "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".

Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, and it's not clear what they're moving on to do.

The departures follow the resignations of Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and WhatsApp's co-founder Jan Koum a year ago.

Daniels has been at Facebook almost nine years, and previously led the company's Internet.org effort, a project aimed at bringing internet access to developing countries.

A WhatsApp spokesman declined to comment on Daniels' departure or make him available for comment.

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