Hugo Barra to join Facebook after leaving Xiaomi

Former Google executive Hugo Barra returns to Silicon Valley as the new virtual reality division head of Facebook, Inc.

In a post on Facebook, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company has tapped Barra as a vice president of VR. Barra, according to Zuckerberg, will handle all the tech giant’s virtual reality efforts, including Oculus.

I'm excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team….

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The brief post from Facebook’s head honcho is aptly accompanied by an image of the two executives meeting in virtual reality, as captured by Oculus’ telepresence app. Zuckerberg’s and Barra’s digital renderings are sitting together in what seems to be Facebook’s real-world office in Silicon Valley.

The news about Barra’s new role in Facebook came a few days after he announced his departure from Chinese company Xiaomi, where he led the international efforts in a VP role for three and half years. His decision to return to California was shared through a post on Facebook last January 23.

Prior to his stint in Xiaomi, Barra held a key position for Android at Google from 2010 to 2013.

Barra responded in comments on Zuckerberg’s post. He said, “Thanks, Mark! I can’t wait to get started in building that future and join the team in a couple of months. It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds.”

Words John Sosmeña

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