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Facebook CMO Gary Briggs is leaving to advise other companies, sit on some boards and help the Democrats in 2020

Briggs has been Facebook’s chief marketing officer since 2013.

Facebook CMO Gary Briggs Andrew Toth/Getty Images for AWXII

Facebook CMO Gary Briggs is retiring.

Briggs, who joined Facebook in 2013 from Google, announced his plans to leave the social giant on his Facebook page Monday afternoon. Briggs, who reports to Facebook’s top product executive Chris Cox, says that he’ll stick around at the company and help hunt for his replacement.

Retirement doesn’t sound like it will be very quiet for Briggs, though that’s how he framed it. He says he hopes to advise a few companies — he’s already advising finance startup Lending Club and the craft brewery, Lagunitas, according to his LinkedIn — and also wants to sit on some boards. He even intends to get into politics. “I plan to help the Democratic Party on some efforts leading up to the U.S. midterms this year through to 2020,” he added.

Briggs’s departure is notable, in part, because very few senior executives ever seem to leave Facebook. It also comes at a time when Facebook is fighting to improve its outside reputation following its unintentional role in the 2016 presidential election, in which Russian sources used Facebook to spread disinformation.

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Posted by Gary Briggs on Monday, January 22, 2018

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