WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels and product manager Chris Cox left Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release on Thursday. "I am deeply grateful for all that Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here," said the founder of the social network.
The departure of both follows the announcement of the new plans that Zuckerberg made last March 6, which intends to start "the construction of a platform for social networks and messaging focused on privacy". Cox was also the third most important person on the staff and was considered a possible successor to Zuckerberg, wrote The New York Times.
The person in charge of replacing WhatsApp's former manager in his role will be Will Cathcart, "one of the most talented of our company, "according to the founder of Facebook, as for Cox, will be replaced by his colleague Javier Olivan, who until then was responsible for the services of all applications.
"With great sadness I share with you that, after 13 years, I decided to leave the company, "said Cox on the same day from his profile, saying that the new approach to Facebook is" in tune "with the demands of security and privacy in messaging platforms "This will be a great project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new address," he added.
For his part, Daniels has not expressed any opinion publicly. such as gratitude for his performance, Zuckerberg said of him that "he is one of the clearest and most honest business thinkers" that he has known and will "do a great job" in the next project he will participate in. He added that he made a good job conduct "Internet.org", helping "over 100 million people access the Internet" and also with WhatsApp, defining "the business model for our messaging services in the future".