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Fidji Simo, Vice President and Head of the Facebook app, which reaches billions of people every month, has quit the social network and is joining online grocery leader Instacart as its CEO effective August 2, ahead of its IPO.

Over the last decade at Facebook, Simo oversaw the development and strategy for the Facebook app, including News Feed, Stories, Groups, Video, Marketplace, Gaming, News, Dating, Ads, and more.

Apoorva Mehta, Instacart’s founder, and current CEO, will transition to Executive Chairman of the Board and report to Instacart’s Board of Directors, said in a statement on Thursday.

Mehta founded Instacart 10 years ago with an ambitious vision to bring an entire industry online. Over the years, he’s built and scaled a phenomenal business that supports the entire grocery ecosystem.

“I’m excited to work with the talented teams at Instacart, as well as our retail partners, to reimagine the future of grocery and create a world where everyone has access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together,” said Simo.

Simo has spent more than 15 years leading the operations, strategy, and product development for some of the world’s leading businesses.

“I believe that with Simo at the helm, we’ll be in an even stronger position to seize the incredible opportunity in front of us,” said Mehta.

Simo was also a core driver of Facebook’s mobile monetization strategy and led the team to architect Facebook’s advertising business and develop ad formats for mobile.

She also made video a critical part of the Facebook experience, from rolling out videos that autoplay in News Feed to building and launching Facebook Live and Watch.

Before Facebook, Simo joined eBay in 2007 as part of the company’s strategy team. While at eBay, she helped build out the company’s local commerce and classified advertising initiatives.


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