Chris Norton, vice president of international
communications, will cover the role on an interim basis, a Meta spokesperson
said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
“John Pinette has left Meta. We are
thankful for his positive contributions during an intense and significant time
in the company’s history, and we wish him well going forward,” the
The spokesperson declined to say why Pinette
was leaving, citing Meta policy of not commenting on personnel matters.
The Wall Street Journal first reported
Pinette’s departure on Friday.
Pinette was appointed vice president of global
communications in April 2019, according to the company’s website.
Before joining the company, Pinette led
communications for Gates Ventures, the private office and innovation lab of
Bill Gates, for five years, and was the head of Asia Pacific communications for
Google. He also held a number of product and corporate communications
leadership positions at Microsoft Corp.