Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has promoted VP of product Chris Cox to chief product officer. Cox is known for helping invent the News Feed and pushed for Facebook’s “Social By Design” strategy. The promotion will not cause any organizational changes, but it ensures that Cox will be a leader along with COO Sheryl Sandberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the official announcement this afternoon. Cox is also known for giving an on-stage demo of the Facebook Timeline feature at the Facebook f8 conference in 2011.
“Chris Cox?s elevation to Chief Product Officer is a reflection of the major role he plays in overseeing the products and features at Facebook. Chris has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of people?s experience using Facebook, our culture and our company, and he?ll continue to do the same as CPO,” stated a Facebook spokesperson.
Facebook has updated Cox’s biography to now say:
Chris leads Facebook?s Product Management, Design, and Marketing functions globally. He is responsible for the core products and features that shape the social experience for the over 1.2 billion people who use Facebook every month. Chris joined Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer and helped build the first versions of key Facebook features, including News Feed. He then became director of human resources, where he set the tone for Facebook?s culture and drove the development of its mission, values and people strategy. Chris holds a bachelor?s degree in symbolic systems with a concentration in artificial intelligence from Stanford University.