Javier Olivan Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Javier Olivan

Nickname(s)Javi [1]Mark Zuckerberg- Facebook
ProfessionChief Growth Officer and VP of Cross-Meta Products and Infrastructure at Meta (formerly known as Facebook)
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear, 1977
Age (as of 2022) 45 Years
HometownSabiñánigo, Huesca, Spain
College/University• Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
• University of Navarra, Spain
• Stanford University, US
Educational Qualification [2]Javier Olivan's LinkedIn• A bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
• A master’s degree in Automatic Engineering & Industrial Electronics from University of Navarra, Spain (1995-2000)
• Master of Business Administration at Stanford University, US, (2005-2007)
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseName Not Known
ChildrenHe has two children.
ParentsFather- Florian Olivan Gavin
Mother- María Pilar (retired teacher who taught in IES Biello Aragón, a public institute in Sabiñánigo)
Javier Oliván with his parents and sister in the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Some Lesser Known Facts About Javier Olivan

  • Javier Olivan is a Spanish engineer who assumed the position of Chief Growth Officer at Meta (formerly known as Facebook) in August 2022. He came into the spotlight on 2 June 2022 when the co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg announced that Javier Olivan would become the company’s next Chief Operating Officer (COO), succeeding Sheryl Sandberg.
  • In the north of Huesca province lies the Pyrenees mountains, where Javier spent his childhood paragliding.
  • An extraodrdinary student, he has earned the Premios Nacionales de Fin de Carrera de Educación Universitaria (National End-of-Career Awards for University Education).
  • In 2001, he pursued a one-year entrepreneurial program ‘EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation’ in Vulcanus, Japan.
  • He pursued his master’s degree at Stanford University, US, with Rafael del Pino Excellence Scholarship.
  • He began his career in Munich Area, Germany, where he started working as an R&D Engineer at Siemens in December 2000. His fascination with the disruption of mobile communication urged him to join Siemens.
  • From September 2001 to August 2002, he headed the R&D department of the IT services provider company NTT Data in Tokyo, Japan. He headed the development of software enabling high-quality mobile video transmission at NTT Data.
  • In March 2003, he rejoined Siemens as Advanced Procurement Engineer. After being promoted to Product Manager in 2004, Javier resigned from the company in June 2005.
  • From May 2006 to July 2006, he held the position of Business Development Consultant at Fon Wireless.
  • Thereafter, he worked as a Summer Associate at Scale VP for three months.
  • He was a Board Member of from December 2012 to August 2019.
  • Apart from that, he also became a Board Member of the nonprofit organization Endeavor in 2020.
  • He was a recipient of the Henry Crown Fellowship from 2014 to 2016, during which he attended a two-year program at The Aspen Institute, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • He joined Meta (then known as Facebook, Inc) on 17 October 2007 as Head of International Growth. After being promoted to VP of Growth in November 2011 and VP of Central Products in May 2018, he became the Chief Growth Officer of Meta in January 2022. Simultaneously, he also held the position of VP of Cross-Meta Products and Infrastructure. At Meta, he oversaw user adoption, product analytics, internationalization efforts, UX research, data science, and content strategy for the company’s central products like Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp.
  • Javier is known for translating the Facebook service into 100+ languages and ensuring that the app worked on slower and basic smartphones by introducing its “lite” version.
  • On 2 June 2022, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Javier Olivan would take over the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Meta after Sheryl Sandberg’s resignation.
  • As of 2022, he lives with his family in Palo Alto, California.
  • A polyglot, Javier can speak five different languages, Spanish, English, German, French, and Japanese.
  • While Olivan was a student at Stanford, he was developing a Spanish-language version of Facebook called Nosuni with his friends when Mark Zuckerberg approached him with a chance to join Facebook to lead international growth in 2007.
  • Javier Olivan is an occasional drinker.

    Javier Olivan and Mark Zuckerberg having champagne

    Javier Olivan and Mark Zuckerberg having champagne