On Monday, February 13, Meta’s Chief Business Officer Marne Levine announced her leave from the company on Instagram – marking the end of her almost 13-year journey with the company.
“After more than 12 years, I’ve decided that it’s time for a new chapter and will be leaving Meta this summer,” Lavine wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday. “I’m grateful to Mark Zuckerberg, for the opportunity of a lifetime and for the experiences I’ve had with this company.”
Coming from a government job with the White House as chief of staff, Levine was recruited for Facebook by her colleague Sheryl Sandberg in 2010. Her start with the company began when she was hired as the vice president of global public policy.
She climbed through the ranks at Facebook as the company grew. After more than four years as vice president, Levine moved to Instagram – a social media platform owned by Facebook. There she took on the company’s chief operating officer role for roughly three years.
“I knew it would be a unique experience to team up with Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger to help grow this new visual communications platform and create new ways for businesses to build their brands and find new customers,” Her post read. “Our creative teams, who lived and breathed our product at work and were also active members of the Instagram community, figured out how to grow Instagram by leveraging all the lessons and infrastructure from Facebook, while still keeping things ‘instagrammy.’”
Levine made a move back to Facebook – now known as Meta – as the vice president of global partnerships, a role that she kept for more than three years before evolving to her current position as CBO.
“Almost 13 years ago, I decided to take a risk and made a change. I took the job,” she wrote at the end of her post. “And every day, I’m so glad I did. I loved Facebook then and I love Meta even more now that I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact we can have on the world.”
In a newsroom release, Meta confirmed Levine’s announcement and stated that Nicola Mendelsohn and Justin Osofsky will be expanding their roles as Meta’s senior sales and partnership leaders.
“From running global policy, to growing our Instagram business as the first COO, to leading our ads and business partnerships teams, Marne has been an incredible leader at Meta over the last 13 years,” COO Javier Olivan said in Meta’s newsroom release. “I’m grateful for our partnership, her commitment to Meta, and the energy she brought to the company every day.”
He continued, “Nicola has a strong, well-earned reputation in the ad industry, and Justin has a unique combination of product, operations and business experience that will serve him well in this new role. They’re both proven leaders, and we’re fortunate to have them leading this important work and representing the company with our advertisers and partners.”
As the head of the Global Business Group, a team that helps small businesses connect to Meta solutions for growth, Mendelsohn will expand her role to oversee Global Partnerships and Engineering.
Osofsky is the head of Online Sales, and will expand his role to include revenue generation.
“I’m excited to take on a new opportunity as our Head of Online Sales, Operations, and Partnerships working for Javier Olivan and Chris Cox,” Osofsky wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. “In this role, I’ll focus on two of our company’s top priorities: revenue and engagement.”
Levine officially steps down from her position on February 21 but will remain with Meta until the summer to help with a peaceful transition.