Chris Cox (manager)

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Chris Cox
EducationStanford University
OccupationCPO at Meta Platforms (2005—2019, 2020—)
Visra Vichit-Vadakan
(m. 2010)

Christopher Cox is a software engineer and chief product officer at Meta Platforms.

Early life and education[edit]

Cox was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. He is the youngest of three children. He attended New Trier High School,[1] and then enrolled in Stanford University where he dropped out of the symbolic systems graduate degree program to join Facebook in 2005.[2][3][4]


Cox joined Facebook in 2005 as one of its first fifteen software engineers and played a role in the development of News Feed.[5][6] He held various executive roles before being promoted to chief product officer in 2014.[7]

In May 2018, he was put in charge of the company's apps including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger.[8] In 2019, he was listed on the Forbes 40 Under 40 list,[9] as well as Fast Company's list of "Most Creative People in Business".[10]

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.[11] He returned to the company as chief product officer in June 2020.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Cox married a fellow Stanford University alum and director Visra Vichit-Vadakan in 2010.[14][15]


  1. ^ Guynn, Jessica; Huston, John P. (May 17, 2012). "Facebook's more likable face: How a kid from New Trier tackled the social network's biggest challenges". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ "Facebook's Chris Cox: A very likable pitchman". Los Angeles Times. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  3. ^ Dwoskin, Elizabeth (2019-05-19). "Facebook says its top product executive, Chris Cox, is leaving, the highest-level departure in years". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-03-01. Cox, who dropped out of a Stanford University graduate degree program to work with Zuckerberg when the company had just 15 engineers
  4. ^ "21. Chris Cox". Fast Company. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2020-04-01. 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
  5. ^ Parloff, Roger (2019-04-25). "Facebook's Chris Cox was more than just the world's most powerful chief product officer". Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  6. ^ "Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels". TechCrunch. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  7. ^ "Company Info - Facebook Newsroom".
  8. ^ Wagner, Kurt (2018-05-08). "Chris Cox is becoming Facebook's most important executive not named Mark Zuckerberg". Recode. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  9. ^ "40 under 40 - 27. Chris Cox, Mike Schroepfer, and Bret Taylor (27) - FORTUNE". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  10. ^ "Most Creative People in Business 2011". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  11. ^ Thompson, Nicholas (March 14, 2019). "Facebook's head of product leaves after privacy pivot". Wired.
  12. ^ Isaac, Mike (2020-06-11). "Facebook Brings Back a Former Top Lieutenant to Zuckerberg". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  13. ^ Horwitz, Jeff (2020-06-11). "Zuckerberg Lieutenant Returns to Facebook, a Year After Departure". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  14. ^ "Facebook CPO Donates $1 Million to East Palo Alto Nonprofit". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  15. ^ "Zuckerberg impressed with Thai culture". 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2020-04-01.

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