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Facebook product chief, WhatsApp head to depart

Facebook Inc. is losing two top executives days after CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined plans to become a more "privacy-focused" platform.

Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels are leaving the company, Zuckerberg said in a memo to employees. Cox, who joined Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer, is leaving the company after years of seeking to do "something else," Zuckerberg said, adding that he does not plan to fill Cox's role in the near term.

Daniels joined Facebook as director of business development in 2011 following a five-year stint at Microsoft Corp. He will be replaced by Will Cathcart, who will go from running the Facebook app to become the new head of WhatsApp.

Meanwhile, Fidji Simo, vice president of video, games and monetization, will now serve as the new head of the Facebook app. Facebook Vice President of Growth Javier Olivan, who has been responsible for central product services will now lead the integration of Facebook apps.

Under the new structure, Simo, Instagram Head of Product Adam Mosseri, Messenger Head of Product Stan Chudnovsky and Cathcart will now report directly to Zuckerberg, while Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Lucio reports to COO Sheryl Sandberg.