Facebook loses 2 executives amid series of scandals

Ann Santiago
March 17, 2019

The departure, announced Thursday, follows Zuckerberg's announcement that Facebook will shift its emphasis to private messaging over public sharing.

Facebook says two of its top executives are leaving the company. He had left a graduate programme at Stanford University to join Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer and helped developed its original news feed feature. As it navigates this transition, Facebook plans to stop telling investors the user numbers for its main social-networking platform alone, choosing instead to disclose an aggregate number of users for Facebook and its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger apps.

Under the new leadership structure, Will Cathcart has been appointed the new head of the WhatsApp app, Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app, and the integration of the various apps and their security will be led by Javier Olivan.

The Facebook CEO said that he and Cox realised in 2016 that changes were needed and that Cox, who has ambitions to do new things, stayed on to help sort out those changes.

Zuckerberg added that, "Since we have now decided on the basic direction of our family of apps for the next few years, I do not plan on immediately appointing anyone to fill Chris's [Cox] role in the near term". With Facebook's culture supposedly changing to focus on privacy, the company is already going through a ton of changes internally and with the head of product leaving at this time, things are going to be quite challenging.


"As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network", Cox wrote. "This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through".

Facebook announced on Thursday that it is having a major reshuffle of its executive staff. Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, is also leaving.

Neither Cox nor Zuckerberg specified what led to their split.

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament's Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. "As we embark on this next major chapter, Chris has decided now is the time to step back from leading these teams". He also thanked both executives for all of their contributions and for helping make the company what it is today.

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.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER