Chris Daniels will now be heading the messaging app WhatsApp as the new Vice President. Last week, the founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum stepped down from his position as the Chief Executive Officer.
The news was doing the rounds that Indian origin Neeraj Arora will lead WhatsApp as he was number two in the company and worked closely with Mark Zuckerberg. Putting all the rumors aside the social networking giant announced Chris Daniels as the chief of WhatsApp.
Daniels joined Facebook in 2011 as Director, Business Development and went on working with the company at various levels. Before this announcement, Daniels was working as Vice President for Internet.org, Facebook’s initiative to bring free internet for the upcoming audiences on the internet. Before joining the social networking company, Daniels was working with technology company Microsoft.
In other development, Facebook also launched blockchain services and the former PayPal CEO, David Marcus who was heading Facebook’s messenger services will lead this project. Announcing the development in a social media post, Marcus said, “After nearly four unbelievably rewarding years leading Messenger, I have decided it was time for me to take on a new challenge. I'm setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch.”
Stan Chudnovsky who is the Vice President of Product, Messenger will succeed Marcus as the lead for Messenger services.
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg also announced that the current CEO of The Cranemere Group, Jeff Zients will be joining the Facebook’s board of directors. Announcing his appointment, Zuckerberg said, “This is an important time for Facebook as we take a broader view of our responsibility, and Jeff's experience will help us navigate the challenges we face.”
This is the first time that the company has revamped its leadership across segments.