Hugo Barra joins Facebook to lead VR effort and Oculus Team

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced that Hugo Barra will be joining the company to lead its VR initiative including the Oculus Team.

The announcement came just days Hugo Barra announced that he will leaving Xiaomi, to go back to the clean air of Silicon Valley.

Mark said;

I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. Hugo’s in China right now, so here we are together in VR. It seems fitting.

I’ve known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he’s worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people.

Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I’m looking forward to having him on our team.

Prior to joining Facebook, Hugo Barra held a key position in Google as the Vice President and product spokesman of Google’s Android division before joing Xiaomi as its Vice President for International Business in September 2013.

Last modified: January 26, 2017

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