Sheryl Sandberg, owner of Facebook and chief operating officer of Meta Platforms Inc, is leaving the company after 14 years. Announcing the move on Facebook, Sandberg wrote, “When I took on this job in 2008, I hoped to be in this position for five years. Fourteen years later, it’s time for me to write the next chapter of my life. “
She is replaced by the current director of growth, Javier Olivan.
Who is Olivan?
Javier Olivan has been with Meta for over 14 years and has led teams across the company’s many projects including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
According to a Reuters report, he has played a crucial, albeit behind-the-scenes, role in Meta’s growth over the past 15 years.
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Before joining Facebook in late 2007, Olivan worked at NTT and Siemens in Japan.
He grew up in the Pyrenees region of Spain and holds a degree in Electrical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Navarre. He also holds an MBA from Stanford.
Journey on Facebook:
Back when Olivan joined Facebook, the then fledgling company had only about 40 million users. Today, that number has reached almost 3.6 billion (including Facebook, Instagram and other apps).
According to a 2010 interview with VentureBeat, Javier was instrumental in Facebook’s expansion into countries like India, Japan, Russia, Indonesia and Brazil.
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Currently, he is Meta’s Chief Growth Officer, and in that job he has managed features and functions that span Facebook and its other apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger.
According to a message from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in his new role as COO (Chief Operating Officer), Olivan will continue to lead infrastructure and development. In addition, he would also take care of advertising and commercial products.
However, he will continue to stay out of the spotlight.
“This role will be different from what Sheryl has done. It will be a more traditional COO role where Javi will focus internally and operationally, building on his strong background to make our execution more efficient and rigorous,” said Zuckerberg said.
Olivan may have less autonomy now that Meta is a mature company with $118 billion in revenue than Sandberg when she arrived in the company’s early years, chief executive Brian Wieser told world of economic intelligence to the advertising agency GroupM.
(With agency contributions)
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