Chris Cox (Facebook)
|Born||September 2, 1982|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Occupation||CPO at Facebook (2004—2019)|
Visra Vichit-Vadakan (m. 2010)
Christopher "Chris" Cox (born September 2, 1982) is a computer scientist and the former chief product officer (CPO) at Facebook. He served as chief of staff to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on product development and is responsible for its "family of apps": Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. As of March 14, 2019, Cox decided to step down as Chief Product Officer at Facebook as the company aimed for new leadership as part of its new direction towards an encrypted, integrated messaging network.
Education and early career
Cox was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. He is the youngest of three children. He attended New Trier High School where he played in the jazz band. Cox attended Stanford University from 2001 to 2004 where he received a bachelor's degree in symbolic systems with a concentration in artificial intelligence. He dropped out of a graduate degree program at Stanford to join Facebook in 2005.
Cox joined Facebook as one of its first 15 software engineers, where he was instrumental in designing and building first versions of key Facebook features including News Feed. He then became Director of Human Resources, building out Facebook's HR and recruiting programs and leading the process of defining the company's mission and values. In 2008, he became the Vice President of Product, where he built Facebook's product management (PM) and design teams, before being promoted to Chief Product Officer in 2014.
In May 2018, he was put in charge of its apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, to set up better integration for shared services like integrity and infrastructure, while setting a strategy for better differentiation in their product portfolios.
He continues to speak at new hire orientation where he talks to all new recruits about the company's mission, culture and philosophy.
At the age of 28, Cox was listed on the Forbes 40 Under 40 list, as well as Fast Company's list of "Most Creative People in Business". In 2015, Forbes described him as "The Most Important Executive In Silicon Valley That No One Is Talking About". Business Insider called Cox "a triple threat — an engineer who can build company-defining products, an operator who can recruit and manage good people, and a long-term strategic thinker". Yahoo Finance pointed to “Cox’s rare melding of technological chops, business skills, and personal empathy and charisma.” He is also known for his focus on bringing people and technology together.
Cox resides in California with his wife Visra Vichit-Vadakan, a movie director and granddaughter of Luang Wichitwathakan, a Thai politician, historian, novelist and playwright. The couple have a son and a daughter. Cox continues to perform infrequently as a jazz, blues, Afrobeat, and soul artist, where he is considered a "remarkably talented keyboardist" in a reggae band.
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