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Facebook’s VP of Communications is leaving

Facebook‘s longtime communications head Caryn Marooney is leaving the company after 8 years of service for greener pastures.

Facebook‘s Vice President of communications Caryn Marooney is departing from the company after 8 years of service. She joined Facebook in 2011 as director of technology communications and has been responsible for all global communications.

Marooney is one of the top executives departing from the company after the social media giant faces its toughest year.

Marooney said in her Facebook post that she spent a lot of time over the winter holiday reflecting, and with the New Year, and after 8 years at Facebook, she decided to step down as leader of the communications group.

According to Marooney, it’s time to get back to her roots: going deep in tech and product. She also expresses her gratitude to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg and everyone at Facebook saying they all have been the smartest, kindest, most dedicated people she has ever worked with. Their intelligence, warmth and commitment inspires her every day and will continue to for years to come, she further added.

In response to Marooney’s post, Zuckerberg said that Marooney has been there in every step of the way. Zuckerberg also thank Caryn for her dedication and brilliance she has bought to Facebook. Zuckerberg also said that Marooney should be proud of everything she did to help the company.

Sandberg also expresses her feelings about the departure saying Caryn has been an intelligent, consistent and thoughtful leader. She also said that she, together with Mark, is grateful for everything she has done for Facebook.

Nick Clegg, Head of Global Affairs, also commented on Manoorey’s departure saying, he is sad that Caryn decided to leave comms leader role, although he understands her wish to seek out new adventures after so many years of commitment and hard work at Facebook.

Manoorey did not reveal a departure date but she will be staying in Facebook until the company finds a successor. She will also be helping in the search for her successor.