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Facebook seeks new CIO

Facebook seeks new CIO

A role lots of people are sure to Like.

Timothy Campos

Timothy Campos

Facebook is searching for a new CIO following the announcement Timothy Campos would be leaving the role after nearly six years.

A job listing on Facebook’s careers page says the company is seeking someone who can run and build systems that will “help scale Facebook globally enabling the company in continuing to move towards its goal of making the world more open and connected”.

A key focus for the new CIO will be to enable the "cross-functional productivity of all Facebook employees” as well as overseeing the global IT function.

Campos originally posted the announcement of his departure on his Facebook page at the end of April, but since “apparently many people didn't see it” reposted it on LinkedIn on Thursday.

“This decision was bittersweet as I wholeheartedly believe in our mission,” Campos writes in the post.

“It will be difficult to walk away from a place my kids consider magical, but on that same note, I look forward to and am optimistic about the future, and to building my own place in it.”

Campos did not say why he was leaving or what he would be doing next, however did make a point of mentioning his passion for “building next generation enterprise software that helps to re-imagine how work is done”.

Campos’ replacement will need to have had experience leading teams of 500 or more, 15 years working in IT for a global organisation, and a reputation as a technology thought leader according to the advert.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last year, Campos attributed Facebook’s success to automation and the development of proprietary software that was tailored to the company’s needs.

“My job is the efficiency of the company,” he told the publication. “It is something that my staff and I live, breathe and think about, how IT can enable the efficiency and effectiveness of the company.”

This was not achieved, he said, by simply cutting costs: “We are knowledge workers, and it is more valuable for us to make our software engineers 5 per cent more productive than they were last year than it is for us to save a couple hundred bucks by not giving them a new laptop and making them use the same laptop for five years.”

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