Chris Cox returns to the fold as Facebook’s chief product officer

Chris Cox returns to the fold as Facebook’s chief product officer

After a really high-profile departure and a yr away from the corporate, Facebook’s former chief product officer Chris Cox will return to his long-held place with the corporate.

Cox shared the information Thursday in a Facebook put up with a photograph of his firm badge. Elaborating on his return to Facebook, Cox defined that the distinctive nationwide and international local weather of 2020 influenced his determination, significantly the coronavirus pandemic, its subsequent financial devastation and the nation’s present concentrate on “a reckoning of racial injustice.”

“Like lots of you, I’ve been pondering laborious about what I can do for our households and communities right now, and for the world our kids will reside in tomorrow,” Cox wrote.

“Facebook and our merchandise have by no means been extra related to our future. It’s the place I do know greatest, it’s a spot I’ve helped to construct, and it’s the very best place for me to roll up my sleeves and dig in to assist.”

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Cox has performed an vital function in shaping Facebook for years, each when it comes to the merchandise he broadly oversaw and when it comes to firm tradition. One of Facebook’s earliest engineers, Cox got here on board 15 years in the past and in 2008 started engaged on the Facebook’s product group. He moved into the chief product officer function in 2014, staying near Mark Zuckerberg all through his tenure.

His determination to depart final yr was seen as a heavy blow for the corporate, which has been tormented by a stream of excessive profile departures in recent times. Cox’s return is sweet information for Facebook, which is at present within the midst of a uncommon interval of open dissent over a put up from the president that threatened protesters after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man.

Cox notes that in following the corporate during the last yr in his absence he was “inspired by progress on so lots of the large points,” although it’s not instantly clear what points he was referring to, significantly in gentle of the corporate’s recent inner controversy.

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“In the previous month the world has grown extra chaotic and unstable, which has solely given me extra resolve to assist out,” Cox mentioned. “Our most vital choices and merchandise are forward of us.”

With the 2020 U.S. election looming and Facebook’s function in public and political discourse extra central than ever, he’s probably proper about that.

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