CEO Mark Zuckerberg named Javier Olivan as the company’s new chief operating officer.Olivan has been in charge of the company’s expansion for the past 15 years.
After CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Sheryl Sandberg’s departure from Meta, formerly Facebook, after 14 years, he named Javier Olivan as the company’s next COO.Olivan has been in charge of the company’s growth for the past 15 years, but the majority of his work has been done behind the scenes.
Sandberg stated that she will formally step down as COO this fall, when Olivan will take over.Sandberg, Meta’s second-highest-ranking executive after Zuckerberg, stated that she would remain on the board, but that her primary focus would be on philanthropic work.
Everything about Javier Olivan
Olivan, the next COO, grew up in northern Spain’s Pyrenees region.He holds an electrical and industrial engineering degree from the University of Navarra, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.
He joined Facebook in late 2007, having previously worked for Japan’s NTT and Siemens.Olivan joined Meta, then Facebook, as head of international growth fifteen years ago.According to reports, Facebook was able to successfully expand into global markets such as India, Japan, Russia, Indonesia, and Brazil under his leadership.
Olivan was most recently chief growth officer, where he allegedly managed features and functions across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger.He will continue to lead infrastructure and corporate development as COO.According to an official Facebook post by Meta’s CEO, Olivan will also be in charge of advertising and commercial products.
Olivan joined the Zuckerberg-led company when Facebook had around 40 million users, and the Meta family apps now have nearly 3.6 billion users combined.
Despite the fact that Olivan will succeed Sandberg, his role will be different.”This will be a different role than Sheryl’s.Javi will take on a more traditional COO role, focusing on internal and operational issues, building on his strong track record of making our execution more efficient and rigorous “In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg stated.This means that, unlike Sandberg, Olivan will remain out of the spotlight despite being the COO of Meta.
Sandberg’s decision to leave Meta comes as the company faces slowing growth and rising costs.Meta is in the process of transitioning from a social media company to one focused on building the metaverse.