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Javier Olivan is the Vice President of Central Products at Facebook. Having joined Facebook over 12 years ago, Javier has been involved in every major company initiative. In his current role, he reports to the CEO and leads the central product teams that span the Facebook family of apps. This includes Facebook’s growth efforts, content enforcement efforts, ads and business platform, commerce, payments and social impact efforts. Beyond his product teams, he also leads several other groups including Facebook’s teams for data science, internationalization, UX research and content strategy.
When Javier started at Facebook in 2007, he joined the company as the Head of International Growth. At the time, Facebook had fewer than 50 million people using the service and a very small portion of that outside of the US. Over the last 12 years, Javier and his team have helped the company grow to a community of over two billion people with more than 87% of those people accessing Facebook from outside the US. He continues to lead this team that help people break down barriers, connect to Facebook and create communities around the world.
Prior to joining Facebook, Javier was a Product Manager at Siemens Mobile and earlier in his career, worked for NTT in Japan. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a master’s degree in both electrical and industrial engineering from Universidad de Navarra in Spain. Javier is originally from a small town in the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain, and currently lives in Palo Alto with his family.
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