Facebook sets $6 billion buyback; accounting chief to leave

(Reuters) – Social media giant Facebook Inc on Friday set a $6 billion buyback program for its Class A shares, beginning in the first quarter of 2017. Facebook's shares were up 1.1 percent at $118.24 in after-hours trading. The company had a market value of about $337 billion at close. The company also said Chief Accounting Officer Jas Athwal had resigned, effective Feb. 17. (http://bit.ly/2fcxJoA) (http://bit.ly/2fE2wvw) Athwal has spent nearly nine years at the company and was formerly the director of revenue at Yahoo Inc . The company said it planned to launch a search for a replacement. …

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