Endeavor announced today that Javier Olivan, Vice President of Central Products at Facebook, has joined the Endeavor Global Board of Directors. Wences Casares, one of the earliest selected Endeavor Entrepreneurs and CEO and Founder of Xapo, is stepping down after nearly seven years of service.
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.
“Javier has unparalleled experience building and scaling some of the most important tech products today. I’m thrilled to welcome him to Endeavor’s Board of Directors, and am confident he’ll make an important impact,” said Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg.
“I have been a huge fan of Endeavor’s mission and team for many years. I am honored to join their global board and am looking forward to supporting the next generation of founders and innovators across different countries and regions,” said Javier.
As Vice President of Central Products at Facebook, Javier 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.
“We are delighted to welcome Javier to the board. We believe his perspective and expertise will add immense value to Endeavor and the high-impact entrepreneurs we support globally as we continue to scale as an organization,” said Endeavor Global Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Endeavor is a 22 year-old organization that is leading the global movement to drive long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Founded in 1997 by Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner, Endeavor has helped more than 2,000 of these entrepreneurs build more than 1,200 companies across 35+ markets, which generated combined revenues of $20 billion in 2018. To date, companies led by Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created 3 million jobs, and often go on to mentor and invest in the next generation of founders or serve on the boards of Endeavor offices.