Earlier this week, former Android executive Hugo Barra announced that he was leaving his post leading Xiaomi’s international efforts, citing personal reasons and a desire to go back to his normal life in Silicon Valley and take some much-needed time off. Well, so much for the taking some time off part, as Facebook has just announced Barra will be joining the ranks to lead all of the company’s VR efforts.
Barra will replace Brendan Iribe at Oculus, who stepped down from the CEO job last month to lead Oculus’ PC-focused VR efforts instead. Fittingly, Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in a Facebook post accompanied by a photo of the two executives meeting in VR.
In his announcement, Zuckerberg noted that he’s known Barra since he was helping develop Android, and says they share the 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,” he wrote.
Barra worked on the development of Android at Google from 2010 to 2013 until being appointed by Xiaomi as Vice President of Xiaomi Global, in what was a major coup for the Chinese firm. During his tenure he helped raise Xiaomi’s global profile expanding across Asia and beyond to reach more than 20 countries, although the formal entry into the U.S. that many expected never materialized.