Snap Lures Facebook Exec to Lead Its Ad Growth Ambitions

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Snap announced it snagged a high-level Facebook employee to help lead the company's ongoing efforts to lure more advertisers to its platform.

Doug Frisbie had been on Facebook's marketing team for 11 years, most recently as head of business marketing in North America. He now becomes Snap's VP of Business Marketing, the company announced Wednesday.

Frisbie will report to Snap's CMO, Kenny Mitchell. He is tasked with driving marketers, agencies and businesses toward Snap and its 265 million users.

On its earnings call last week, Snap executives highlighted several areas they view as key growth opportunities – which Frisbie will now be tasked with undertaking. These include Snap's Maps, AR lenses and Discover content features. The company also reported 200 million users engage with Snap's augmented reality features every day and 90% of the U.S. Gen Z population watched Discover content in the final quarter of 2020.

The move comes as Snap's share price has soared of late to all-time highs and the company continues to inch toward profitability. To help it get there, Snap launched its first marketing campaign specifically targeting businesses in August.

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Snap Mandates Employees Work From the Office Four Days a Week

Nat Rubio-Licht
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Snap is the latest major tech company to bring the hammer down on remote work: CEO Evan Spiegel told employees this week that they will be expected to work from the office 80% of the time starting in February.

Per the announcement, the Santa Monica-based company’s full-time workers will be required to work from the office four or more days per week, though off-site client meetings would count towards their in-office time. This policy, which Spiegel dubbed “default together,” applies to employees in all 30 of the company's global offices, and the company is working on an exceptions process for those that wish to continue working remotely. Snap’s abrupt change follows other major tech firms, including Apple, which began its hybrid policy requiring employees to be in the office at least three days per week in September, and Twitter, which axed remote work completely after Elon Musk’s takeover (though he did temporarily close offices amid a slew of resignations in mid-November).

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