Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||CPO at Meta Platforms (2005—2019, 2020—)|
Christopher Cox is a software engineer and chief product officer at Meta Platforms.
Early life and education
Cox was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. He is the youngest of three children. He attended New Trier High School, and then enrolled in Stanford University where he dropped out of the symbolic systems graduate degree program to join Facebook in 2005.
Cox joined Facebook in 2005 as one of its first fifteen software engineers and played a role in the development of News Feed. He held various executive roles before being promoted to chief product officer in 2014.
In May 2018, he was put in charge of the company's apps including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. In 2019, he was listed on the Forbes 40 Under 40 list, as well as Fast Company's list of "Most Creative People in Business".
In March 2019, Cox announced that he was leaving Facebook, after Zuckerberg announced plans for the company to focus on developing encrypted messaging across its applications. He returned to the company as chief product officer in June 2020.
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Cox, who dropped out of a Stanford University graduate degree program to work with Zuckerberg when the company had just 15 engineers
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His quest took him to the legendary Symbolic Systems program at Stanford, and into post-graduate work in the university's natural language processing group
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