Facebook has announced it will promote Andrew “Boz” Bosworth to fill the shoes of outgoing CTO Mike Schroepfer, who announced his decision to transition to become the company’s first Senior Fellow in 2022.
Schroepfer’s new role will focus on helping Facebook recruit and develop technical talent, improving how the company builds, and continuing to help foster its AI investments in technologies like PyTorch.
Schroepfer’s successor, Bosworth, is currently head of Facebook Facebook Reality Labs, making him the man in charge of the company’s Oculus and other consumer devices, like the newly released smart glasses that Facebook developed with Ray Ban.
When Bosworth officially takes over as CTO in 2022, he will continue to lead Facebook Reality Labs and take on the additional responsibility of leading the social media titan’s tech teams as they build the metaverse.
In a Facebook post, Schroepfer stated, “I’m confident and grateful for Boz’s leadership and the deep and talented technical bench of leaders we have at the helm.”
Earlier this year, Facebook announced its intention to cultivate the creation of the “metaverse” which it described as “a set of virtual spaces where you can create and explore with other people who aren’t in the same physical space as you.” Ther company says the project will be realized in the next 10 to 15 years and require buy-in from other players to help users hang out with friends, work, play, learn, shop, create and more. Bosworth’s background in AR and VR will be crucial as Facebook looks to build its digital metaverse and develop the ways for consumers to interface with it.
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