Facebook corporate, financial comms head Vanessa Chan to exit

Chan wants to tell the stories of the "immigrant experience" in her next role.

MENLO PARK, CA: Facebook director of corporate and financial communications Vanessa Chan is set to exit the social network next Friday.

Chan, who has worked at Facebook for five-and-a-half years, said in a post that she is going back to graduate school for two years to get a masters in creative writing at The New School in New York.

"I’ve made the choice to leap into my first love, writing," she wrote. "There is a strong chance I’ll fail. There is a strong chance this is a two-year bullshit sojourn. But I’d like to try."

At Facebook, Chan led promotion of company earnings, mergers and acquisitions and other market-moving announcements. The company has not named a replacement, a source close to the matter said. 

Chan, who hails from Malaysia, said she wants to tell the stories of the "immigrant experience," a term she said is "thrown around without much understanding of the diversity of our experience, and how it’s so often laced with inequity."

She added that she is grateful for having worked at Facebook, where she grew professionally and was "well-compensated enough" to be able to leave to try creative writing.

Facebook’s senior communications team has seen a number of changes in recent months. In April, it named John Pinette as VP of global communications, taking over from Caryn Marooney. Last October, Facebook hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister and ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg as its VP of global affairs and communications.

Despite PR crises, Facebook reported better-than-expected Q2 results. Revenue was $16.9 billion, up 28% year-on-year.

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