We’re pleased to announce that David Marcus, president of PayPal, is joining Facebook to lead our efforts in mobile messaging.

David is a widely respected leader in the technology industry with a track record of building great products and finding creative ways to turn them into great businesses. David taught himself to write code at the age of 8, and he launched his first startup at the age of 23. In 2011 he joined PayPal as VP, mobile, responsible for leading PayPal’s mobile payments business, before taking on the role of president the following year. Under David’s leadership, PayPal has delivered great new product experiences for customers and businesses, driven new innovations in mobile commerce and achieved impressive growth.

Messaging is a core part of Facebook’s service and key to achieving our mission of making the world more open and connected. Every day around 12 billion messages are sent on Facebook, and in April we announced that Messenger, our standalone messaging app, is now used by more than 200 million people every month. We’re excited by the potential to continue developing great new messaging experiences that better serve the Facebook community and reach even more people, and David will be leading these efforts.

We are incredibly excited to work together with David and to learn from all his experience, and David will be sharing more about his work in the coming months. Welcome aboard!