We’re not ready to go there!
If Carol were to get canned, however, we know the perfect candidate for the job: Facebook’s VP of product, Chris Cox.
Chris is a triple threat — an engineer who can build company-defining products, a operator who can recruit and manage good people, and a long-term strategic thinker.
He joined Facebook as engineer in 2005 and helped build the product that is now the site’s backbone — the “News Feed.”
Then, in 2008, after period in which Facebook lost several key employees and lost out on hiring several high-profile new ones, Mark Zuckerberg asked Chris to shore up Facebook’s human resources division.
Leading that group, Chris focused on defining Facebook’s mission, company values, product values and how Facebook manages people. He turned Facebook from a place that, despite its red-hot hype, failed to land the top talent into one that regularly poaches from places like Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn.
Now, Chris is back on the product side of the company, overseeing the product managers team, the user-experience team, and the design team as VP of Product.
Chris’s ability to innovate Facebook products and lead its people does not go unappreciated at the startup.
“I can’t underscore how much he represents and embodies what this company stands for,” Facebook spokesboss Brandee Barker told us for a profile we wrote on 10 Rock Star Tech Execs You’ve Never Heard Of.
At the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told us, “Chris has a ton of energy for product, engineering, and people, and he motivates everyone here at Facebook to work better, think smarter, and pursue the ideas they are passionate about.”
Doesn’t Chris sound like the kind of problem-solver with both operational and product experience Yahoo could use?
Problems: Yahoo would never give him the job (they’d want someone with “big company” experience) and he’d never take it (it’s not 2004, afterall).
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