The vice president of Meta’s Horizon social media virtual reality software, Vivek Sharma, is stepping down from his role at the company, a spokesperson said Friday.
Sharma has been with the social media behemoth for the past six years, holding high-ranking positions in marketplace and gaming, and most recently its nascent metaverse-related business unit.
As VP of Horizon, Sharma, based in the Seattle area, oversaw various VR projects such as the Horizon Worlds social media service, akin to the online game Second Life that’s been retrofitted to virtual reality.
“Thanks to his leadership, the Horizon product group has built a strong team with an ambitious vision, and it is just getting started,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement. “Meta continues to be a source for developing great leaders, and we’re excited to see what Vivek accomplishes in his next chapter.”
The spokesperson added that the Horizon team will now directly report to Vishal Shah, Meta’s VP of the Metaverse.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that his firm will debut a new VR headset in October, which is the month that Meta typically holds its Connect VR conference.