Facebook Israel appoints Joey Simhon as CEO of its R&D center
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Photo credit: Shooka Cohen

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Joey Simhon, one of EverythingMe’s founders, will replace Roi Tiger, founder of Onavo, who was appointed to a managerial position at Facebook’s headquarters

Joey Simhon, an engineering team manager in Facebook Israel, will replace Roi Tiger. Similar to Tiger, who founded Onavo which was later purchased by Facebook, Simhon is a fellow entrepreneur. Simhon has established several startups, including EverythingMe, an app launcher that reached 15 million downloads worldwide but closed last fall. He also founded NetCraft, a company that was sold to the Tapuz portal in 2009. Simhon is 37, married and a father of three.

Since EverythingMe, Simhon has been responsible for the engineering team developing Facebook Lite, a lean version of Facebook designed for users with outdated devices or slow internet connections. More than 100 million people are currently using Facebook Lite, considered to be the fastest growing version of the platform.

Simhon and his employees will report to the growth team in Menlo Park, which is led by Javier Olivan, VP of Growth at Facebook. Facebook’s Israeli R&D center employs more than 85 people and works closely with Menlo Park on the company’s key projects, such as Facebook Lite, Internet.org, and more.

Commenting on his new appointment, Simhon said, “Since I’ve joined Facebook, I have been exposed to the company’s unique DNA and culture. I am delighted to take on this position and continue to facilitate the growth and influence of this office. There is no greater satisfaction than working with such an excellent and talented group of people. We will continue to work on key projects together with the Facebook teams worldwide around the world, affecting the lives of over 1.6 billion people.”

Onavo founder will move to a managerial position in Menlo Park

Tiger, who was hired to be the CEO of Facebook’s Israel R&D center when Facebook purchased Onavo in October 2013, will be appointed to a managerial position at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Roi Tiger said, “The team in Tel Aviv attained exceptional and highly impactful achievements in a little more than two years, and I’m excited to see what they will do next. In the short time I have worked with Joey, I saw his contribution in leading Facebook Lite. Joey is the right person to go forward with building the group and taking on new projects, while maintaining our strong connection with Menlo Park and the other offices around the world.”

Javier Olivan, VP of Growth at Facebook, added, “Roi and Joey are both highly skilled leaders that will continue to work with their teams, build great products, and preserve the unique culture of Facebook Tel Aviv and beyond. An essential part of our culture is allowing the engineers to pick their teams, take on new challenges and move between the different offices. Every time I visit Tel Aviv I see how special the team that Roi helped grow is. The R&D center in Tel Aviv will undoubtedly continue to contribute to our mission.”

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