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Mr. Chris Coxv is one of Facebook’s longest-serving executives and a confidante of Mr Zuckerberg

Will Cathcart, vice president of product management, will now lead WhatsApp and Head of Video, Games and Monetization Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said. He joined Facebook in 2005 as one of the company's first 15 software engineers and was instrumental in building the News Feed, the stream of posts that people see when they log into the service.

Cox has been with the company more than a decade. Chris Cox was responsible for Facebook's flagship apps - including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook itself. He also thanked both executives for all of their contributions and for helping make the company what it is today.

Citing six sources, The Times reported that Cox "disagreed with some of Mr. Zuckerberg's product ideas and changes, including the "unified messaging" project meant to connect the apps".

In the comments below, there are glowing tributes from Zuckerberg ("It's been an honor and I'm deeply grateful"), Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg ("We are a better company for what you have given"), and the company's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer ("I'll deeply miss seeing you").

"Embarking on this new vision represents the start of a new chapter for us", Zuckerberg said in describing the changes amid a new direction in company strategy outlined by Zuckerberg last week.

Zuckerberg said he has no plans to replace Cox, though Daniels will be replaced by Will Cathcart, another longtime Facebook veteran.

Neither Cox nor Zuckerberg specified what led to their split.

Former Whats App head Chris Daniels
Former Whats App head Chris Daniels

Facebook has lost several top executives during the last two years, including its general counsel, chief security officer, and co-founders of WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus, a virtual reality firm it bought in 2014.

"We have a clear plan for our apps, centered around making private messaging, stories and groups the foundation of the experience, including enabling encryption and interoperability across our services", Zuckerberg stated in his goodbye note to Cox.

Daniels, who had worked on Facebook initiatives in developing countries, had moved a year ago to WhatsApp, which is more popular than Facebook in many big emerging markets.

Zuckerberg was similarly vague about Daniels, extolling his merits and what he has done at the company, but not giving any reason for his sudden departure.

"We have so much important work ahead and I'm excited to continue working to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together", Zuckerberg concluded.

Zuckerberg still has a number of long-time product and engineering lieutenants.

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