After leaving Xiaomi, Hugo Barra joins Facebook as "VP of VR"

After leaving Google, for the past three and a half years, Hugo Barra has been Xiaomi's International Vice President, spearheading the company's expansion of its smartphone business globally. It was announced earlier this week that he would be leaving Xiaomi and it now appears that his new home has been revealed.

Full post from Mark Zuckerberg:

"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."

The news came from Facebook Chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who let the world know through his social media network that Barra would be joining Facebook and oversee the virtual reality component of the company. To be more clear, Barra will be Vice President and also oversee Oculus or as he put it, the "VP of virtual reality (VPVR!)"

Source: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

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