Hugo Barra to lead Facebook oculus and VR team

Q.  Who has been selected to lead Facebook's VR unit?
- Published on 27 Jan 17

a. Hugo Smith
b. Hugo Jones
c. Hugo Carra
d. Hugo Barra

ANSWER: Hugo Barra
Hugo Barra to lead Facebook oculus and VR teamHugo Barra, vice-president at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is to join Facebook.

He will lead the company’s virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus VR team as per the CEO of the social networking giant Mark Zuckerberg.

Barra, who has also worked with Google previously, had announced his exit from Xiaomi.

He indicated that he wanted to return to Silicon Valley.

Barra said it had been his dream to work in virtual reality.

In a separate post on his profile, Mr. Barra said he was returning to Silicon Valley in a couple of months and will be joining Facebook as VP of virtual reality (VPVR) and lead the Oculus team.

Mr. Barra was instrumental in Xiaomi expanding outside of its home market to geographies such as India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia.

More recently, under his efforts Xiaomi expanded to 20 other markets, including Russia, Mexico, and Poland.

The top job at Oculus has been vacant since 2016, when its CEO Brendan Iribe stepped down to run one of the other divisions.

Facebook had acquired Oculus in 2014.

Oculus: Know More
  • CEO: Brendan Iribe (since 2012)
  • Founded: 2012, Irvine, California, United States
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park
  • Acquisition date: March 25, 2014
  • Founders: Brendan Iribe, Palmer Luckey
  • Parent organization: Facebook, Inc.

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