He's shown here with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook's top executive in charge of all products, Chris Cox, the longtime confidant of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company, the highest-level departure at the social media giant amid almost two years of sustained crises. And Simo, along with the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, head of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky, and head of WhatsApp Will Cathcart, will report directly to Zuckerberg.
Cox, who grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier in 2000, has been with Facebook since the company's early days. These apps have been distinct until recently, when Zuckerberg announced plans to unify them under with a new focus on privacy. In addition to Cox's departure, Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, is also leaving the company.
Facebook doesn't plan to appoint anyone to immediately fill Cox's role. It also means that Zuckerberg will seize control of Facebook's key products by making the leaders of its most important properties like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp report directly to him-at least for the near term.
"This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future", Zuckerberg said in the note.
Facebook loses two important executives amid new privacy push
These two departures come on the heels of founding-executive departures at Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp previous year.
Facebook isn't hiring another executive to replace Cox.
Cox posted about his departure on Facebook, but didn't explain why he chose to leave.
"As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network".
"This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through", he wrote, signaling that he wasn't "excited" about it himself.
"Chris and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does", Zuckerberg wrote in a message to his employees today.