Facebook Restructures Oculus Into Two Divisions
Facebook-backed VR player Oculus Rift is said to be restructuring into two groups, with the former CEO Brendan Iribe set to lead a PC-focused division while head of software Jon Thomason heads up a division focused on mobile VR.
“Looking ahead and thinking about where I’m most passionate, I’ve decided to lead the PC VR group—pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision. As we’ve grown, I really missed the deep, day-to-day involvement in building a brand new product on the leading edge of technology,” he said in a blog post.
According to Iribe, “You do your best work when you love what you’re working on. If that’s not the case, you need to make a change. With this new role, I can dive back into engineering and product development. That’s what gets me up every day, inspired to run to work.”
“With our growth and product strategy, we’ve decided to establish new PC and mobile VR groups to be more focused, strengthen development and accelerate our roadmap,” he said.
Iribe’s tenure as CEO, a co-founder of Oculus with Palmer Luckey, was arguably defined by his pushes for the company to replicate Alphabet’s Android strategy by building up partnerships with hardware producers.
As part of the restructuring, Oculus will find itself with a new CEO. No names have been mentioned as of yet but Iribe says that he, Thomason and Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer to decide who will fill the role.