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Following Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger’s announcement to depart from the social network and parent company Facebook, the duo has chosen their successor who will take the helm as Head of Instagram.

In a press release, the pair welcomed Adam Mosseri, who started out at Facebook in 2008 as a product designer.

“We are pleased to announce that Adam Mosseri, our current Vice President of Product, will become the Head of Instagram starting today.”

“We are thrilled to hand over the reins to a product leader with a strong design background and a focus on craft and simplicity — as well as a deep understanding of the importance of community. These are the values and principles that have been essential to us at Instagram since the day we started, and we’re excited for Adam to carry them forward.”

Prior to joining Facebook, Mosseri had managed his own design firm before subsequently transitioning from design to management through his decade-long employment at Facebook.

“In his role leading Instagram, Adam will oversee all functions of the business and will recruit a new executive team including a head of engineering, head of product and head of operations.”

While the co-founders had vaguely cited exploring their creativity and curiosity as their reasons for leaving the company inside a press statement, sources “familiar with the matter” told Bloomberg that the two were motivated to move on due to clashing interests with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“Since we announced our departure, many people have asked us what we hope for the future of Instagram,” Systrom and Krieger wrote in their announcement of Mosseri as Head of Instagram. “To us, the most important thing is keeping our community — all of you — front and center in all that Instagram does. We believe that Adam will hold true to these values and that Instagram will continue to thrive.”

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