After Leaving Xiaomi, Hugo Barra Gets Picked up by Facebook as VP Once Again

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Jan 26, 2017
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After announcing that he will be leaving Xiaomi to head back to Silicon Valley, Hugo Barra and his legendary skills have been recognized by Facebook and his position of Vice President has not been altered at all. The only thing that has been altered is the kind of project he is going to spearhead and will have a dedicated team as soon as he starts.

Hugo Barra Is Now the Vice President of Facebook’s VR Team – Will Be Leading Oculus Projects From Hereon

It isn’t surprising that Hugo Barra managed to land an immediate gig and that too at Silicon Valley. First, he joined Google back in 2008 as Group Product Manager for the Google Mobile team. Shortly after, he joined the Android team. According to a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg has posted the following status concerning the entry of the newest Vice President for the VR division at the social media giant:

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“I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. Hugo’s in China right now, so here we are together in VR. It seems fitting.

I’ve known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he’s worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people.

Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I’m looking forward to having him on our team.”

Barra hasn’t detailed what he and his team will be working on from here, but because it is related to the Oculus headset, we should see some impressive development from the VR front in a couple of months.

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