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Messenger boss Stan Chudnovsky is leaving Meta next year

Facebook's executive brain-drain continues.

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Stan Chudnovsky has been with Meta since 2015.
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Stan Chudnovsky, vice president of Meta's messaging service Messenger, will leave the company in 2022, he announced on Facebook on Tuesday.


Chudnovsky didn't give an exact date for his departure, saying he would leave "at some point in Q2." In addition to running the Messenger team, Chudnovsky has been leading the integration of Meta's messaging apps. He joined Meta (way back when it was called Facebook) in 2015 as head of Product for Messenger after leaving PayPal.

Chudnovsky is close with former Messenger leader David Marcus, who announced his own Meta departure last Tuesday. (When Marcus left Messenger to work on the company's crypto initiatives, Chudnovsky took over his role.) And Chudnovsky and Marcus are only the latest high-profile executives to leave the company: CTO Mike Schroepfer, Facebook app leader Fidji Simo, ad chief Carolyn Everson and others have all either left or announced plans to leave this year.

Though Chudnovsky said he's not planning on retiring, he said he will be taking a "good, many months long break." His responsibilities at Meta will be split between Loredana Crisan, who will take over Messenger, Instagram direct messaging and Messenger Kids, and Maha Saber, who will oversee the remote presence products. Mark Zuckerberg, for his part, responded in a comment to Chudnovsky's post that he was "grateful for your leadership and for everything you've helped build for our community."

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the day David Marcus announced his departure. This story was updated on Dec. 7, 2021.

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