Big changes on Facebook: Chris Cox, product manager, Chris Daniels, vice president of WhatsApp, leaves the company

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday the departure of the director company products, Chris Cox. Chris Daniels, vice president of WhatsApp, also leaves. With these departures, Will Cathcart, who previously ran the Facebook app, will now oversee WhatsApp and Fiji Simo will leave his role of Facebook's video product supervisor to lead the Facebook application.

Why You Care

The departure of two senior Facebook officials points out that the company is currently undergoing profound tumultuous changes as a result of two consecutive years of numerous scandals in the fields confidentiality, data, measures and misinformation.

In the announcement, Zuckerberg said that Cox, who was with Facebook, announced that executives' departures are tied to Facebook's decision to switch from public sharing to messaging because it connects the ends of his messaging services. since 2005, he had been discussing his exit with Zuckerberg for a few years.

"He [Cox] is one of the most talented men I know and he has the potential to do whatever he wants. But after 2016, we both realized that we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society. He stayed to help us solve these problems and help us chart the path for our family of apps in the future, "wrote Zuckerberg.

Over the past year, Facebook has seen the departure of many executives following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, including its security officer Alex Stamos, Communications and Public Policy Manager, Elliot Schrage , Jan Koum, founder and director and more recently, the founders of Kevin, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

Last May, Facebook proceeded to a major reorganization that placed Chris Cox at the head of the Facebook app family and Chris Daniels of WhatsApp. Now, less than a year after this reorg, these two leaders have come out.

More news about the news

Zuckerberg said that he was not considering hiring someone to fill the role of Chris Cox's product manager. Simo Fidji, Will Cathcart, Adam Mosseri (who oversees Instagram) and Stan Chudnovsky (who watches Messenger) will report directly to Zuckerberg. Facebook's marketing director, Antonio Lucio, will report to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of JOB. Javier Olivan, who oversaw all core product services for the Facebook app family team, will now be responsible for determining where applications need to be more integrated.

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Amy Gesenhues is the editor-in-chief of the General Assignment of Third Door Media, which presents the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. From 2009 to 2012, she was an award-winning columnist for several dailies from New York to Texas. With over ten years of marketing management experience, she has collaborated on a variety of traditional and online publications, including,, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine. Read more articles from Amy.

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