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One of Facebook’s top business executives is leaving the social media company.
Dan Rose, who has overseen Facebook’s relationship with media organizations, on Wednesday announced in a public post that he will begin transitioning out of his role as vp partnerships. He will stay on through February, when exhibition Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona, and help to recruit a replacement.
In his Facebook post, Rose explained that his decision was the result of his family’s move to Hawaii last year. “I had to make a choice — continue putting my Facebook family first, or move to Hawaii to be with my wife and daughter for the next four years,” he wrote.
=, who reports to Sheryl Sandberg, has been at Facebook since 2006. He oversees all of the social network’s partnerships from a media, mobile and platform perspective and has also spearheaded mergers and acquisitions, including the 2012 purchase of Instagram. “Mark and Sheryl changed my life and my career,” he wrote. “I would walk through fire for them, or fly across the ocean on a regular basis. But they deserve someone in my role who is present and fully engaged every day in the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Rose said he will not take another operating role, having spent a combined 20 years at first Amazon and then Facebook. He also said he would explore “whether there’s a way for me to continue helping Facebook from a distance.”
Zuckerberg and Sandberg both responded to the post thanking Rose for his time with the company. “Your idea that we should be a partnership company and work closely with others in the industry has been key to some of our greatest successes,” Sandberg wrote.
Rose is the latest high-ranking Facebook executive to leave the company this year. Earlier this summer, Elliot Schrage, who headed public policy for Facebook, announced his departure, as did security chief Alex Stamos and general counsel Colin Stretch. The departures have come as Facebook has faced increased scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
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