Two top executives from Facebook, WhatsApp quit

Two top executives from Facebook, WhatsApp quit

Cox "is a great guy who is someone who has always tried to do good", said David Kirkpatrick, an author who became well acquainted with Cox and Zuckerberg while writing a book about Facebook.

For the past two years, Facebook has been roiled by data scandals, a failure to police its service, and a major shift in strategy to focus on privacy.

"The leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky), and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our Chief Marketing Officer (Antonio Lucio) will report directly to Sheryl (Sandberg)", Zuckerberg announced.

He will be replaced by Will Cathcart, who now heads up Facebook's mobile app. Fidji Simo, who ran the app while Mr Cathcart was away on paternity leave, will take on his role.

Cox, who grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier in 2000, has been with Facebook since the company's early days.

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A Facebook panel is seen during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in Cannes, France, June 20, 2018.

Founding executives of Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp have also recently left the company. And growing viewership and advertising on videos are of growing importance to both the Facebook and WhatsApp apps.

Numerous changes Zuckerberg outlined involve duplicating some of WhatsApp's features in Facebook's other messaging apps. Meanwhile, Javier Olivan will lead the effort to better integrate the Facebook apps. He was also seen as a standard bearer for Facebook's internal culture, which means that his departure may say even more about the company's future. I'm deeply grateful for everything Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here, and I'm looking forward to working with Will and Fidji in their new roles as well as everyone who will be critical to achieving this vision. "At the same time, as we embark on this new chapter, Chris Daniels has also made a decision to leave the company".

Mr Daniels, meanwhile, started as head of Whatsapp after five years of running Internet.org, an initiative to boost internet connectivity around the world.

A WhatsApp spokesman declined to comment on Daniels' departure or make him available for comment. They include hardware Vice President Andrew Bosworth, who joined shortly after Cox, as well as decade-long veterans Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer and engineering Vice President Jay Parikh.

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