Instagram COO Marne Levine Is Heading Back to Facebook to Oversee All Global Partnerships

She succeeds Dan Rose, who announced his departure in August

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Facebook didn’t have to look too far to find a replacement for Dan Rose, who announced last month that he was stepping down from his role as vice president of partnerships—just down the hall to Instagram.

Marne Levine, who left her role as Facebook’s vp of global public policy in October 2014 to become chief operating officer at Instagram, is heading back to the mothership after being named vp of global partnerships and business development at Facebook.

Kurt Wagner of Recode reported that Levine will lead all global partnerships at the social network, and she and global operations vp Justin Osofsky—who will oversee corporate developments and mergers and acquisitions—will report to COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Instagram told Wagner it will search for Levine’s replacement both internally and outside of the company.

Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom issued the following statement: “Since she began at Instagram four years ago, Marne has been an invaluable COO. We have grown from a community of 300 million to more than 1 billion, from a team of just over 100 to more than 1,000 employees and opened offices all over the world. There are few executives with the range and skill of Marne. Her ability to scale a business, champion strategic bets like video, develop and lead a global team and build a company culture have been key to Instagram’s success. I’m grateful for the impact she has had on our product, our business and our community and, based on her track record at Instagram, I know she’ll do an outstanding job leading Facebook’s partnerships team.”

Prior to joining Facebook in 2010, Levin served as chief of staff for the National Economic Council. Before that, she worked with Revolution Money, Harvard University president Larry Summers and the U.S. Treasury Department. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.