Facebook Shuffles Leadership In Big Way

Eric Lieberman | Associate Editor

Facebook has substantially shuffled around leadership, according to a Tuesday Recode report. This is its biggest executive reorganization since inception roughly 15 years ago.

The decision is intended to better communication among the various departments. The changes also could stem from a surge of external criticism over how Facebook operates, particularly allegations that it doesn’t care enough about securing user data. Russian operatives were discovered after the fact trying to exploit Facebook’s platform and its features to stoke already impassioned divisions among the American electorate.

The company also later disclosed that a now-defunct data analytics firm that partnered with President Donald Trump’s campaign was violating its data usage agreements, triggering an onslaught of backlash and company reforms.

Whatever the reason, the shakeup is significant, as at least 10 top company officials will now either have different roles, or other duties and oversight powers.

Chris Cox, formerly the vice president of product, for example, will head the company’s arsenal of apps, which include Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook’s proprietary app.

One change in particular is due to a recent departure. Jan Koum, a managing director at Facebook and founder of the messaging service WhatsApp, announced on April 30 that he was leaving the company. His replacement is Chris Daniels, who previously led Facebook’s internet.org division, which aims to bring internet access to impoverished areas.

Daniels will be below Cox, as will Stan Chudnovsky, the new leader of the Messenger app, and Will Cathcart, the just-appointed chief of the core application, according to Recode.

Some executives seem to be tasked with further responsibilities, and will not necessarily change their formal title. Javier Olivan, Facebook’s vice president of growth, is set to be in charge of the firm’s newly established central product services division, which encompasses analytics, advertisements, and integrity.

Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, who runs Facebook’s augmented and virtual reality teams, will now work under Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer. Schroepfer is staying on as one of the top execs, but will also be in charge of long-term plans, specifically those dealing with artificial intelligence, data privacy, and engineering. Bosworth made waves in March when past commentary surfaced showing that he thinks indirect platform-caused deaths can be ultimately worth it for the larger goals of the company.

The communications team is also being restructured.

Facebook did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time of publication.

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