Chris Cox, vice president of Facebook products, and Chris Daniels, who runs WhatsApp since the departure of founder Jan Koum, both leave the company. Cox was one of Facebook's first employees, and Daniels has been part of the company since 2011 – and trusted lieutenants of Mark Zuckerberg.
Their departures come just a week after Zuckerberg announced radical changes in Facebook, to redirect the social network in terms of encryption and confidentiality. An important part of this plan relies on the combination of the messaging infrastructure of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. In a note to employeesZuckerberg suggested that the events were linked.
"To engage in this new vision represents the beginning of a new chapter for us .In this context, I am sad to share the news that Chris Cox has decided to leave the company," he said. he writes. "At the same time, as we approach this new chapter, Chris Daniels has also decided to leave the company."
While Zuckerberg also said that Cox had already talked about his desire to leave the company, his departure is directly related to the so-called pivot of Facebook's privacy.
Zuckerberg said it was not his intention to replace Cox, although Daniels will be replaced by Will Cathcart, another veteran of Facebook. Fiji Simo, who worked on Facebook's startegy video, will be in charge of the Facebook app, but will not have the Cox product vice president.
"We have now decided on the direction of our family of apps for the next few years, I do not plan to immediately name someone to fill the role of Chris in the short term," Zuckerberg said. . "Instead, the leaders of Facebook (Fiji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky) and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our director of marketing (Antonio Lucio ) will report directly to Sheryl. "