Vivek Sharma, vice president of Meta’s Horizon has departed the company and will now pursue a “new opportunity” that is not related to Meta.
Having worked at Meta for almost six years, Sharma served as Facebook’s VP of product for the Gaming and Marketplace divisions.
A Meta spokesperson wrote in a press statement, “We’re thankful for Vivek’s contributions across our Marketplace, gaming and metaverse teams over the last six years and we wish him well. Meta continues to be a source for developing great leaders, and we’re excited to see what Vivek accomplishes in his next chapter.”
After the Meta rebrand, Sharma also led the team that created Horizon World, which has earned its place as the company’s social platform for the metaverse. Horizon Worlds is expected to become available for mobile devices eventually but currently, it can only be accessed with VR headsets like the Quest.
Sharma’s departure also comes after Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s attempt to showcase his Horizon Worlds avatar in order to get skeptics on board, but that didn’t go as planned. The CEO later shared that the platform and the Worlds will look a lot better as the company continues to work on it.
With Sharma’s departure, his team will now report to Meta’s metaverse VP, Vishal Shah.